By DONNA PAUL
Published: September 8, 2009
DETROIT — In the midst of a recession that has been particularly brutal in Michigan, a number of construction projects are on the verge of getting under way in a most unlikely business: the film industry.
The recent surge of interest was set in motion in April 2008, when Gov. Jennifer M. Granholm signed a 14-bill package into law, which among other things provided a 40 percent tax credit or cash rebate for studios on their business tax returns in Michigan. An additional 2 percent rebate is available for films produced in 103 communities.
There is also a 25 percent infrastructure credit, which is applied against expenditures on construction of a studio and its contents, said Janet Lockwood, director of the Michigan film office.
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Kid Rock and Governor Jennifer Granholm describe their support for the 42% Michigan film tax incentive. Michigan Film Production applauds their efforts and emphatic backing of one of the great success stories coming out of Michigan.
Michigan Film Production – Michigan’s Film Producer
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)
[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:
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.
Much awaited Michigan stage and studio facilities have been announced as approved for funding & Michigan film tax incentives which will bring more Michigan films and more jobs. Raleigh Michigan Studios, (formerly called Motown Motion Picture Studios) in Pontiac & Detroit Center Studios in Downtown Detroit were announced in the Governor’s State of the State speech. Both Michigan and Detroit stages and studios will enable around the year production and are a major infrastructure support development for the Michigan Film industry enabling additional Michigan film production opportunities. With 71 films approved since last April for film incentive this year will be a landmark year in Michigan film production. From script to screen MFP is your source to film Michigan.