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Re: “The Amazing Race

Rep Hunter,
Unfortunately, your analysis of film incentives is completely off base.
Washington incentives top out at 35%, BUT that only applies to monies spend with Washington businesses and residents (and not stars). It is the rare film that doesn´t spend any funds outside Washington, and depending on stars, director and non-Washington crew/supplies, I would venture a guess that some of the smaller films get incentivized at, perhaps 25% and the larger film and commercial productions with more non-Washington spending may only get incentives in the range of 10-20% of their budget. But that keeps us competitive.
What does Washington get for that incentive spending? First and foremost, family wage jobs with benefits. And film production is an environmentally friendly industry, which is good for our state. That´s a lot to crow about. That impacts not only the crews and talent hired, but also businesses like mine which employ Washingtonians year round. Then there is the tourist benefit which filming in Washington provides. You´ll recall that our legislature killed tourism funding several years ago, yet we all know how critical tourism dollars are to our economy.
As I always say, incentives are not the best idea, BUT if we value having film production in Washington for its many benefits, then we are competing with most other states and all Canadian provinces and in order to compete, we need to have incentives.
You´ve seen the economic impact numbers compiled for the legislature and you know that in the first 5 years of Washington incentives less than $15 million was spent, but the net economic impact was on the order of $108 million. That is a lot of bang for the buck and not the bad investment you´d like to paint!
Marty Oppenheimer
Oppenheimer Cine Rental
Seattle

Posted by martyopp on 08/23/2013 at 1:09 PM

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