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What's next for Michiganders who hoped for film career?

Jon Harrison

What happens when government invites citizens to join a big new policy initiative, only to reverse course a few years later? When people invest their own money, take retraining classes or move back home to build a new industry, only to have the state change direction?

Metro Detroit's film community is finding out.

Last week, the Michigan Legislature sent a bill to Gov. Rick Snyder that could represent the final nail in the coffin of the incentives program launched in 2008 to attract film, TV and digital media projects.

If Snyder signs the bill, it would be the end of the incentives. The Michigan Film Office immediately would no longer be able to enter into any new agreements with productions, according to director Jenell Leonard.

Existing deals wouldn't be affected. There is still about $32 million in agreements left to be formally announced.

The bill would affect $25 million in incentives already approved for the 2015-2016 budget.

For the full article, see Julie HInds, "What's next for Michiganders who hoped for film career?", Detroit Free Press, June 21, 2015.

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