Mac Cushing 
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Re: “Film Professionals Protest Lack of Production Incentives, Work

Yoshie,

Everyone associated with this movement understands that this is not the be-all to end-all. If you had been able to make the meeting on Monday you would have been told that this is not a move to try to get big budget shows and films into the state, but to get $1-5million dollar movies to start to foster a regrowth of the industry. We're not here to demand that we be brought up to speed with New York or L.A., but at least to not be left out when the rest of the region is reaping the benefits.

And if you had talked to the governor, did he relay to you his expectation of this industry as an industry like Nissan? Because that's the biggest detriment to the movement. The entertainment industry is not like a manufacturing industry. We can't get companies to buy land and make a deal with a state for a long term residency. We're more like the tourism industry: we get rich people to come here for a short time, hire a bunch of locals, and spend a lot of money in our state. That is how we will win.

Again, if you had been to the meeting at the Belcourt Theatre, or caught the webcast, on Monday, you'd realize that our goal isn't to become competitive overnight. We're looking for some legislation that, if inacted in the next 1-2 years will make us competitive in the following 1-2 years. At best we can be up and running again as a state by 2017.

This is not some fly-by-night idea that's getting undeserved grassroots support. This has been well through out, it has been compared to similar markets that have found sucesss with this economic model (Florida) and can put a lot of good workers back into their respective careers as soon as the state deems fit.

-Mac

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Posted by Mac Cushing on 02/22/2012 at 12:43 AM

Re: “Film Professionals Protest Lack of Production Incentives, Work

Films actually are interested in Tennessee. In the early 90's Nashville and the surrounding areas actually had a steady stream of mid-level movies being produced. At the time Tennessee was one of the first states to enact an incentive program in order to keep jobs in the U.S. after Canada started subsidizing television and film, but we allowed them to lapse.

Then in the past decade states like Louisiana, Georgia, North Carolina and Kentucky have passed more competitive incentive packages that have attracted films back into the area, leaving Tennessee the odd man out because we refuse to pass a package that is competitive to the states surrounding us.

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Posted by Mac Cushing on 02/21/2012 at 6:03 PM

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