MI Live AP
Oct 22 2014
LANSING, MI – The Michigan Senate on Wednesday passed legislation that tweaked the state’s film incentives in an effort to make them more competitive and extended them beyond 2017.
“I think it’s pretty straightforward, what we’re doing. We wanted to revisit this every year or two to make sure that we were staying competitive but not overly competitive with other states, provinces and cities around North America for the most part,” said Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville, R-Monroe.
The Film and Digital Media Production Assistance program is operated by the Michigan Film Office, and can provide funds to qualified productions.
The bill would eliminate a 2017 sunset on funding for the film credit program, revise funding caps starting in 2015 and require employer organizations providing labor to be organized under Michigan law.
The state’s contribution to a film’s production and personnel expenditures would be capped at 25 percent, with another 3 percent for production expenditures at a qualified facility or 10 percent for expenditures at a postproduction facility.
That 10 percent figure is new. The 25 percent figure represents a combination of definitions – the bill eliminates definitions of Michigan personnel expenditures and crew personnel expenditures and combines them into “qualified” expenditures.
Pat Dougherty, Secretary Treasurer of the Teamsters Local Union 337, said he represents some of the people involved in productions and testified at a committee hearing in support of the bill. When productions first started using the credits it was about one Michigan worker to one out-of-state worker, he said. Now it’s more like 20 Michigan workers for every one out-of-state worker.
Joseph Scott Anthony, president of the Media Arts Coalition of West Michigan, also testified about the bill in committee.
“It’s really been an awesome few years,” he said.
But not everybody is on board with the bill.
Joe Henchman of the Tax Foundation criticized what he called “handouts for Hollywood,” while presenting Gov. Rick Snyder with a tax reform award on Tuesday. He praised Michigan for scaling back its credits even as California, New York and Georgia have increased theirs.
“These states are essentially writing checks to Hollywood, which is one of the most profitable industries in America, for what amount to transient jobs that don’t last very long,” Henchman said.
In the Senate the bill passed 32-4. Voting against it were Sen. Patrick Colbeck, R-Canton; Sen. John Moolenaar, R-Midland; Sen. Dave Robertson, R-Grand Blanc; and Sen. Joe Hune, R-Hamburg Twp. MFP NOTE: If these guys are your legislators - have a conversation with them soon!!! Now the house must vote.... Below is a link to the bill AS PASSED
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Are you interested in learning about the Michigan Production Alliance and the Production Industry? MPA members are available to come and speak to your group about incentives, production, technology, animation, organizing or involvement with the film and production community. Our members have expertise in various departments and may be of interest. OR if you simply have a question about these things feel free to contact us! We WILL respond quickly!!!!
In solidarity with IATSE International 600 and on the heels of word about the death of a 2nd assistant camera operator (indicated in earlier posts) MPA wants to make clear that in our entry level boot camp we stress safety. Safety in getting to and from missions, safety around the set and of course safety around YOU!. People are sometimes hesitant to point out issues for fear of their jobs. Going up the chain of command is the key to getting it right and safe set, stage, and location work can be safe. Think about the situations you have found yourself in. How lucky you were in making it OUT safely and how it could have been different so easily. MPA believes we can be effective AND Safe.
Michigan Production Alliance offers Production Algebra P.A. Boot Camps throughout the year.
The Michigan Production Alliance (MPA) has organized an event to promote the education of entry-level media professionals by offering a half-day seminar.
The seminar Sponsored by the Association of Independent Producers (AICP) will be a lecture and interactive demonstration followed by a panel discussion featuring local professionals.
The lecture component , presented by MPA’s Mark Adler and other film professionals will provide more than just an overview of what is expected of Production Assistants on both film and video sets and what they can expect. A demonstration segment will include set and client etiquette, use of radios and forms and a Q&A session will feature knowledgeable industry speakers discussing career paths, local production companies, organizations and unions and the different resources they have to offer.
This event benefits the Non Profit MPA – cost includes P.A. Handbook and 1 year membership in MPA $105.00
We will program a boot camp for your organization too. We need only 10 participants in order to mount a successful session. Contact us to arrange a boot camp!
New feature films have been added to our film grid. The grid has become smaller as a result of changes to the program. New additions are marked in RED.
Visit MPA's Film Grid - ONLY for MPA members!
Production Algebra is packed with information that will help you get into the film and video industry. Industry expert and Michigan Production Alliance co-founder Mark Adler provides detailed descriptions of the many roles that a Production Assistant plays on the set. Chapters include types of Production Assistants, specific duties, a day in the life on a set, terms and lingo, as well as examples of forms. This handbook is your launching pad into the film and video industry. Sold in english speaking countries around the world. For a short talk by the author go to this link! Mark talks about the book.
Mark Adler ISBN: 978-193391640-8
$14.95 plus $4 shipping and MI tax 6% Payable by check/money order to Michigan Production Alliance or through Paypal
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|Wednesday, 2010 Feb 10
|The Association of Independent Commercial Producers (AICP) continues to sponsor MPA events such as our signature Production Algebra P.A. Bootcamps which are typically offered bi monthly at various locations.|
|Last Updated ( Friday, 26 Feb 2010 )|
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The Michigan Film Office revealed it's operating plan at MPA's October meeting. MFO Director Margaret O'Riley discussed the plan she called their "Operating Plan" and provided copies for those attending. We are providing a link to it for your review. It should also be available on the MFO website. While MFOAC's minutes indicate that this "OPERATING PLAN" was "WELL RECEIVED" at MPA's October meeting That was not the case. We were hoping for a STRATEGIC PLAN outlining how the film office would help the film industry grow.