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WEEKLY FLORIDA PHOTO SPECIAL

FLORIDA’s film, television and digital media industry has been included in the Florida Chamber of Commerce and Florida Associated Industries’ Legislative Priorities for the 2022 Florida Legislative Session.

The chamber’s “Where We Stand 2022” includes “supporting programs and projects that will further diversify Florida’s economy and attract industry clusters, such as the movie theater incentive.”

Similarly, AIF’s “2022 Session Priorities” include support for “legislative efforts to help Florida compete for high-paying jobs in film, television, and the digital media industry.” Our great state has a lot to offer. A strong, fiscally responsible program will help us attract the high-paying jobs we’ve lost to Georgia, North Carolina, Louisiana, and California in recent years.

Gail Morgan, president of Florida Film, appreciates the continued support.

“Both the Florida Chamber of Commerce and the AIF are highly respected for their tireless advocacy on behalf of the State of Florida,” Ms. Morgan said.

“When an average feature film or TV series shoots in one location, they spend $20 million in the local community while hiring 1,500 Floridians,” she added. “A single production can spend $150,000 a day with that money going straight into the pockets of citizens and small businesses – what we want for our state. Our industry can and should play an important role in the continued growth and diversification of Florida’s economy.”

Sen. Joe Gruters-R filed SB 946 and State Rep. Dana Trabulsy-R filed HB 217, both of which would create a High-Wage Targeted Production Program to bring more well-paying tech jobs to Florida. expanding the industry’s impact on the state by giving a bounty to underutilized areas, improving tourism by choosing projects that encourage visitation to the state, and attracting more family productions to the state. Project selection will be prioritized to those that offer the highest return on investment and economic benefits. The program is performance-based. Projects only receive a tax credit or rebate after spending their budget in the state and meeting all program requirements, thereby protecting the program.

“The demand for film and television programs is higher than ever. We believe content should be created in Florida, create jobs, inject new money from outside Florida into our economy, and improve tourism,” said John Lux, Executive Director of Film Florida. “Florida’s film, television and digital media industry has been an underutilized asset in recent years. The Florida Chamber of Commerce and AIF understand the importance of leveling the playing field with other states so that Florida can better compete for high-paying, high-tech jobs in the film production industry, television and digital.

About the movie Florida

Film Florida is an entertainment production trade association that provides leadership in Florida’s film, television, production and digital/technology media industry by representing all aspects of the business, including film commissions, industry, labor, associations and education. For more information, visit www.filmflorida.org. ¦

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