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Michigan Film Office 2010 Annual Report

Mar-02-2011

Carrie Jones, the Michigan Film Office Director, has just released the Michigan Film Office 2010 Annual Report.   The report is required by regulation and details the Michigan film tax incentive activity for the year.   Facts and figures shed light on the films and amounts spent and the film incentive approved for the growing Michigan film and entertainment industry.

The key fact for 2010:   $293 Million was spent by productions shooting in Michigan.  $115 Million in Michigan film incentives were given as a rebate on the expenditures.   A net inward spend of $178 Million.

Let us repeat this math as so many fail to grasp its simplicity:    $293 Million inward spend – $115 Million rebate on the spend = $178 Million in net inward production spending.

These are the hard facts the opponents and the destroyer of a growing and flourishing creative industry do not want you to know.   Likewise they don’t wish you to focus on the Ernst and Young Economic and Fiscal Impacts Report of the Michigan Film Credit (below) that for every $1 (one dollar) spent on the film incentives an additional $6 (six dollars) was created in economic activity.

The Michigan film tax incentive programs support film budgets of all levels from $50,000 to over $100 Million Major Studio blockbusters which employ thousands of hard working film crew.   The incentive (actually a rebate) provides incentive for inward investment for movie production, television programming, games creation, visual effects companies (VFX) and music recording.   It has launched companies in Michigan dedicated to employe, teach and grow our film crew base and technical assets, including the Raleigh Michigan Studios in Pontiac which is resurrecting an old truck plant and creating jobs.

Contact your representative and tell them to save the film incentive program.

Film finance and film tax incentives require an accurate and proven film budget from a veteran film producer.  Filmbudget.com is the international leader in worldwide film budget and schedule services and global film tax credits.  Contact Filmbudget.com to move your production from script to screen.

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Read the Ernst & Young Economic and Fiscal Impact of the Michigan Film Tax Credit:

A Michigan Film Industry Town Meeting

Feb-19-2011

As a devoted member of Michigan’s film industry, Mitch Albom and Kenneth Droz Consulting invite you to

A MICHIGAN FILM INDUSTRY TOWN MEETING

THOUSANDS SHOWED UP FOR THIS!!!

An organizational and informational event to most effectively communicate to Michigan’s legislators, governor and voting public why the film incentive program (among other issues), should be preserved.

WHEN: Thursday, February 24, 7:30pm
WHERE:

Rally to save the film/tv credits in michigan has NEW LOCATION:

Laurel Manor (Banquet Center) , 39000 Schoolcraft, Livonia. THURS 7:30.

Google Map:  http://tinyurl.com/townmeetingMap

Featured Speakers:
Mitch Albom, Free Press Columnist
Jeff Daniels, actor/filmmaker
Mike Binder, filmmaker and Michigan native
Vicki Barnett, Michigan State Representative
Andy Meisner, Oakland County Treasurer, and former State Rep.
Philippe Martinez, Maxsar Studios CEO
Emery King and Jim Burnstein, Chair and Vice-Chair, MFO Advisory Council
Chris Baum, Film Detroit/Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau
Nathaniel McClure, CEO Scientifically Proven Entertainment
Mark Adler, Mich. Production Alliance
Selected working college graduates and undergraduates
Ken Droz, Consultant and former MFO Communications Mgr.
Provided will be various evidence and informational points, legislators’ names and contact info, and strategic methods on conveying the most effective message possible, for legislative officials and districts statewide.

Hosted by Mitch Albom, Kenneth Droz Consulting and Maxsar Digital Studios
Open to the press and general public.

All Facebook postings are welcome and encouraged.

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Video :  Mitch Albom Reacts to Governor\’s Budget Proposal

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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.

Raleigh Michigan Studios

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.

Read the Free Press article

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

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Film Budget

Jan-25-2011

As 2011 kicks well into gear the film sector is heating up. Sundance deals are getting done in a refreshing sign of the times. While the impact on the current film finance enviroment has been tough on the film budget landscape, movies are heading into production and Michigan remains at the forefront of the motion picture and television industry with the incredibly effective Michigan film tax incentive program. Companies from all around the world now think of Michigan when they think of making their film. While Michigan helps these filmmakers and their films get made, spending their film budget dollars here, thanks to the film incentive, we are likewise putting thousands to work, creating an industry and a film crew base second to none. Let’s all look forward to another year of incredible growth for the Michigan film production industry.

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Raleigh Michigan Studios

Dec-15-2010

Raleigh Michigan Studios complex in Pontiac Michigan to commence movie productions this spring in 630,000 square foot project.   The $80 million movie studio will anchor and launch the Michigan film industry as a homegrown and sustainable production center.   CEO Linden Nelson stated nine sound stages will be created for film and television production employing up to 3,600 film crew members and support staff.  Journalists and guests were given a tour of the former GM transformed site.  Read the Free Press article.

Worldwide states, countries and jurisdictions everywhere are increasing their film tax incentives, credits and rebate programs aimed at luring film production companies to their areas.  They all realize that film production has an economic activity multiplier effect and actively work to draw film producers and directors to make their movies in their towns, villages, cities, provinces and states.    Governments understand the financial boost to their tourism efforts, greatly needed inward economic expenditure and the increased local creative energy and opportunities delivered to those creating intellectual property – for America a major U.S. export commodity.  Support the Michigan Film Incentive Program.  Contact your representatives.

 

Michigan On Film

Oct-01-2010

Michigan On Film radio program to premiere Oct. 1 on WDET 101.9FM and will be hosted by Emery C. King and Jim Burnstein, chairman and vice-chairman of the Michigan Film Office Advisory Council (MFOAC), and will serve as a forum for individuals, businesses and organizations involved the state’s film industry. Lisa Dancsok, former vice president of marketing and communications for the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC), will co-host the program through the end of this year.

See the complete program announcement at WDET

UPDATE: Listen to the First Episode featuring Gov. Granholm

Michigan Film Production is the Ultimate Michigan Film Source for quality production services, production company and accurate worldwide film budgets by a veteran movie producer.

Raleigh Michigan Studios Declared a “Promise Spotlight” Success Story by Governor Granholm

Aug-26-2010

Governor Granholm today touted Pontiac, the studio and sound stages of Raleigh Michigan Studios as a “Promise Spotlight” success story during the 2010 Emerging Cities Summit in Lansing. CEO Linden Nelson has stated that an official grand opening will be held toward the end of the year with soundstages open for business in February or March 2011.

Read the official press release

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ABC’s “Detroit 1-8-7″ First Network Primetime TV Series for Michigan

Jun-17-2010

ABC television networks new series “Detroit 1-8-7″ starring Michael Imperioli (“The Sopranos”) is a major victory for the Michigan Film Incentives bringing Detroit its first network primetime tv series.

Read the Detroit Free Press article

Michigan Motion Picture Studios $28 Million Bond Approved

May-27-2010

Movie studio is a go for Pontiac

Louis Aguilar/Detroit News

Michigan Motion Picture Studios L.L.C. film studio got final approval for $28 million in bond financing, the last hurdle to build a major film complex at General Motors Co. Centerpoint BusinessCampus in Pontiac.

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The board of the Oakland County Economic Development Corp. gave final approval this morning of the bond.

“It’s a green light, it’s a go,” said Mary Langhauser, Oakland Co. supervisor for financial services, who attended the meeting.
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Film Budgets : Cannes film budgets key for investors – financiers – incentives

Apr-30-2010

Cannes Film Festival and Film Budgets

Cannes Film Festival approaches and the current update is that more than ever sales agents are asking for lower film budgets to match the expectations of the market. Europe remains wrestling with financial troubles and the film business is certainly affected. Expectations are for lower foreign sales and therefore your business plan and movie budget must be adjusted to reflect that reality.

Film Budget

The film budget is the core element of a sound business plan for film financiers, investors, banks, and foreign sales agents. Is yours ready for the Cannes film festival and market. Is it reliable and current?  These are key considerations when preparing your film and television project. Filmbudget.com is the international leader in worldwide film and television budgets and schedules. Quality movie budgets and schedules matter.

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