Hollywood eyes Alabama
am delighted to report
that more motion pictures could be heading to Alabama next year.
Alabama Film & Television Alliance Director George Caldwell and I spent five days
huddling with Southern California film
executives last week discussing possibilities and options available to our state.
We met film producers and directors, sound and audio executives, and key
decision makers in the industry. We hit pay dirt!
One major studio and two medium
companies have committed to come to Alabama by next August if we can provide an attractive incentive package.
The reason is simply dollars and cents. Currently some ten
billion dollars of Hollywood work is leaving America every year because of higher costs and higher taxes.
Most studio executives look first at Canada because of its lower taxes before they go anywhere else. But moving up
quickly are the countries of New Zealand, and even now Romania.
Most folks don’t know that the ESPN film called &uot;Junction Boys&uot; about Bear Bryant was filmed in Australia.
Hollywood is tired of traveling overseas and they are looking for greener pastures here. If we can provide an attractive tax incentive package, I am now convinced they will come in mass to Alabama.
As a result of our trip to California, we are now in a position to not only make more movies here,
but also plant an entire
industry that could bring us over a billion
new dollars and thousands of new jobs in the next ten years.
It is an unbelievable opportunity for Alabama in a time when we need every
dollar we can find. As for me, I intend to make it happen and make Alabama the Southern Hollywood.
Lights! Camera! Action