Friday, October 10, 2008

Michigan films in focus for services supplier

By Neal Haldane / Special to The Detroit News / October 10, 2008

FERNDALE -- S3 Entertainment Group executives predict filmmakers will spend $60 million to $75 million this year making movies in Michigan.

Next year, Jeffrey Spilman and Larry August expect movie spending in the state could exceed $250 million and they want their firm to capture a share of that revenue.

Michigan's April adoption of lucrative incentives to lure filmmakers to the state has created a "gold rush" among companies that want to service moviemakers, said Spilman, who has worked as an entertainment lawyer. The state offers film producers 40 cents to 42 cents back for every dollar spent filming here.

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