Monday, April 13, 2009

Senator raises pressure to spell out film spending

By Christopher Behnan • DAILY PRESS & ARGUS • April 13, 2009

The state Senate Finance Committee has directed Michigan Film Office Director Janet Lockwood to provide a breakdown of the money individual film companies spent in the state while filming here last year.

Committee Chairwoman Nancy Cassis, R-Novi, has requested that Lockwood provide the information by April 27. Lockwood is scheduled to appear before Cassis' committee three days later.

Cassis said Lockwood omitted that information from the film office's scant, three-page annual report. The report did say that film companies will receive a total of $48 million in rebates for those movies; spent a total $125 million in Michigan; and created 2,800 temporary jobs on 35 films in 2008.

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