Monday, January 5, 2009

Hollywood coming to Michigan?

By Ed Brayton 1/5/09 | The Michigan Messenger

When Michigan passed aggressive tax breaks to attract the film and television industry to Michigan in early 2008, the hope was that this would lead to strong investment in the state from the movie business. That hope appears to be coming true:

State film officials say they are on the verge of sealing an $80 million development deal that would create three film and television production studios in southeast Michigan, boosting one of the state’s few fast-growing industries.

Two of the potential locations for the permanent studios — including one in Detroit —haven’t been used in years, while the third site would have to be built. One of the facilities would be a multi-studio complex that would occupy up to 130 acres, state officials confirmed. Another facility would be geared toward post-production work, such as audio and editing.

The Detroit facility, if the deal is finalized, could be in operation by the end of the year.

No official announcement has been made, but the Michigan Film Office, the agency in charge of attracting such investments, says this is a “game-changer” that will provide the infrastructure for filming television and movie productions in the state.

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