Louis Aguilar / The Detroit News / February 3, 2009
A former Pontiac auto plant and the defunct MGM Grand Casino will be converted into film production studios that will create 4,000 new direct jobs in Metro Detroit, boosting one of the state's few fast-growing industries.
Gov. Jennifer Granholm will formally announce plans for the news studios during her State of the State address tonight.
An $86 million digital animation and visual effects studio to be called the Detroit Center Studios will set up shop in the former MGM Grand Casino downtown, and is set to open by the end of the year. In Pontiac, a $54 million film production studio called Motown Motion Picture Studios will be built at General Motors Corp.'s former Centerpoint plant, according to Granholm's spokeswoman Liz Boyd. Granholm also will announce a $900,000 expansion of video and computer gaming company called Stardock Systems Inc. in Plymouth.