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Raleigh Michigan Studios to host “Oz: The Great And Powerful”

Jan-26-2011

Walt Disney’s feature film “Oz: The Great And Powerful” to be directed by Michigan native Sam Raimi has been approved for the Michigan Film Tax Incentive.  The movie has a film budget of $105 Million and has been reported it will shoot on the stages at Raleigh Michigan Studios in Pontiac, the Michigan film industry revitalized site of a GM Truck Plant.    Johnny Depp is in talks to star in what is being called the biggest film budget to be spent in Michigan since the inception of the incentive.  The film would be an immense boost to the Michigan film industry, further cementing Michigan’s place atop the world of film locations.

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Director Sam Raimi is known for such films as “Spiderman”, “The Quick and The Dead”, “Army of Darkness”, “The Evil Dead” and tv series “Xena – Warrior Princess”

Designed to jumpstart the nascent film industry in Michigan, the incentives have been an unparalleled success story in raising film crews in Michigan, Detroit, Grand Rapids, Ann Arbor and many other towns that enjoy the local spend a movie budget creates in their areas.

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Contact Governor Rick Snyder and tell him Hands Off! the film incentives.  They Work.  We Work.

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Raleigh Michigan Studios | Soundstages

Dec-18-2010

Raleigh Michigan Studios press and invited guests tour signaled the arrival of the greatly anticipated results of the Michigan film incentive program infrastructure development efforts.   With the revealing of the massive soundstages under construction and interviews with the participants and community leaders Michigan and the world was able to see firsthand a critical element required for a sustainable and year round motion picture and television production industry in the state.

CEO Linden Nelson described the nine stages under construction at the site encompassing the 630,000 square foot location.   Additional buildings will house production spaces, commercial tenants, film production crews  and the company’s base of operations which will relocate from Birmingham.   Raleigh Michigan Studios stages will provide up to 30,000 square feet of studio space and can open doors to combine stages yielding up to 90,000 square feet of film production studio space with 45′ heights to the lighting grid and accompanying catwalks.  These are staggering sizes capable of handling the largest and most extensive filmmaking requirements any Hollywood movie production could require.

Taking shape at the former General Motors factory in Pontiac, Michigan Raleigh Michigan Studios is a glowing example of people power, renewal and creative drive encompassing the hard work ethic of the Michigan communities and film production crews.

2011 is shaping up to be an incredible year for the Michigan film production industry thanks to the Michigan film tax incentive program.

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Linden Nelson, CEO of Raleigh Michigan Studios in Pontiac, said the site will house nine sound stages for movie and TV productions.   (WILLIAM ARCHIE/Detroit Free Press)

Motown Becomes Movietown | The Wall Street Journal

Sep-16-2010

Excerpt from The Wall Street Journal article, read the full story here

Across the street from a landscape of vacant houses and overgrown front yards, homicide detectives gather to investigate a murder. They analyze clues and debate how best to interrogate the key witnesses. Then, the director yells “Cut!” and everyone heads to a catered lunch of shrimp scampi and beef tenderloin.

photo illustration by Mick Coulas; Brian Widdis for The Wall Street Journal

The set of the gritty cop show “Detroit 1-8-7″ is one of more than 100 film and television productions that have flocked to Michigan in the last two years, the result of generous tax rebates. Producers have spent nearly $350 million in the state so far, a figure expected to reach $650 million by year’s end, up from $2 million in 2007, according to the Michigan Film Office. About 80% of these shoots take place in and around this iconic but much-maligned city, sprinkling a little stardust, optimism and controversy along the way.

Workers who used to build cars are learning to build sets. The entertainment sector is “a lifeboat as the auto industry adapts and restructures,” says Wayne County Executive Robert A. Ficano.

Signs of activity are everywhere. Hip-looking film-school grads on bicycles run errands in an empty warehouse that once served as a Chrysler distribution center and is now a cavernous 166,000-square-foot production studio for “Detroit 1-8-7.” Sets for the show, premiering on ABC Sept. 21, include a city morgue and a homicide unit with cluttered police desks and corkboards covered with mug shots.

The dilapidated Michigan Central Station, once a transportation hub, with marbled floors and Corinthian columns, has served as a symbol of urban ruination for years. It’s now a key location for productions including “Transformers 3″ and HBO’s “Hung.” On Tuesday “Hostel: Part III” and “Vamps,” a horror-comedy with Sigourney Weaver, both shot in the city’s neo-Gothic Masonic Temple. When “Harold and Kumar 3″ finished a scene this summer that required turning a downtown street into New York City at Christmas, set designers left the fake subway entrance intact, knowing another production would soon need it.

Read the entire story in the  Wall Street Journal Article

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Ben Stiller to Produce “30 Seconds or Less” in Michigan

May-25-2010

[From WKZO News]

Ben Stiller will film in Michigan

GRAND RAPIDS — Director, writer, and actor Ben Stiller will produce “30 Minutes or Less” which is set to start in July and is expected to last through October.  The West Michigan Film Office says this will be the biggest movie project shot in the area not just since Michigan’s tax incentives to attract movie production went into place, but the biggest ever.  Production is expected to last until October.

Producers won’t say exactly how much they will spend, only that will be at least ten-million dollars.  Producers have also booked five-thousand hotel rooms.  The movie is rumored to feature actors Aziz Ansari, Danny McBride, Michael Pena, and Nick Swardson.

Article:

http://www.wkzo.com/news/articles/2010/may/25/big-budget-movie-film-grand-rapids/

Film Prop House to Hire Hundreds for Jobs in Michigan Movie Industry

Feb-06-2010

Mort Meisner, partner Jack Grusko’s Scenic Prop will expand to provide props for films in the growing Michigan film business. Frasier firm to source for films outside Michigan as well. Read the Full Story

Michigan Film – Hangar 42 Film Studio Opens in West Michigan for 1,000 Jobs

Feb-04-2010

Grand Rapids, MI (Walker) welcomed the opening of Hangar 42 and 1,000 jobs in the worlds largest soundstage at 500,000 square feet.   Film stage will allow for big budget hollywood productions as announced by Governor Granholm in her State of the State speech exemplifying the job creating benefit of the Michigan Film Incentives.   Read the Full Story

Raleigh Michigan Studios – Wonderstruck – Unity Studios Allen Park

Aug-13-2009

Raleigh Michigan Studios – the Pontiac studio financed by  A. Alfred Taubman, Linden Nelson,  John Rakolta Jr. and William Morris Endeavor – Ari Emanuel has arranged the $75.8 Million required to break ground in 30 days on ten soundstages to be ready for summer 2010 according to Steve Lemberg, CFO of RMS.   Meanwhile Jimmy Lifton’s Unity Studios in Allen Park while delayed from its June groundbreaking continues toward the October opening of The Lifton Institute and the initiation of the bond issue needed to fund the land purchase.  Wonderstruck Studios, which was formerly announced to take shape at the temporary MGM Grand facility may be considering another location.

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Raleigh Michigan Studios

Raleigh Michigan Studios

Full Article from the Detroit Free Press Katherine Yung:
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Michigan Film Production Salutes Governor Jennifer Granholm

Jul-19-2009

Governor Granholm is a visionary, bold and decisive leader and we support the efforts of the Governor to enhance Michigan’s profile with the support of the Michigan Film Incentive.   This new era of  our filmmaking industry in Michigan could not have happened were it not for the astute talent of the Governor.   As a filmmaker for 25 years, I salute you for your resolute dedication.   Cleary Clooney, DeNiro, Hillary Swank, Drew Barrymore, Edward Norton, etc. agree.   – Michigan Film Production Founder Jack Binder, Producer “Reign Over Me” (Adam Sandler, Don Cheadle, Liv Tyler) , “The Upside of Anger” (Kevin Costner, Joan Allen)

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Governor Granholm Photo: Associated Press

Raleigh Michigan Studios

Jun-04-2009

[Editors Note:  Raleigh Michigan Studios is the new name of the studio now according to CEO Linden Nelson]

Motown Motion Pictures Studios (Raleigh Michigan Studios) closed land purchase agreements and welcomed Governor Jennifer Granholm and members of President Obama’s Auto Industry Task Force to tour the facility. In the works is a major Sound Stage film production facility with educational training programs with a goal to employ 3,500 Michigan residents with expansion to 15,000 in coming years. A partnership between Nelson Ventures, The Taubman Group, and William Morris Endeavor’s Ari Emanuel. Ari spoke at the Mackinac Policy Institute recently to discuss Michigan and the importance of the auto industry to entertainment and his plans for the studio:

Ari Emanuel : Entrepreneurial Diversification Session with panel from Alan Languirand on Vimeo.

Unity Studios – City of Allen Park Announces Film & Television Studio

Apr-13-2009

City of Allen Park officials announced a major movie studio deal Tuesday that will create a $146-million, full-service movie, television and new media production studio. Project is named Unity Studios. Unity Studios on Facebook

The factory will be built on 104 acres in Allen Park and include 750,000 square feet of production, post-production and production support services facilities with eight sound stages.

CONTACT FOR JOBS, RESUME SUBMISSION, ETC. Visit: http://unitystudios.wordpress.com/

Unity Studios Sketch

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