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I have been reading/seeing a lot about the Town of Parker's plans to build a 70-acre digital/film campus that could create 4,000 jobs. Wow! As far as Hollywood being a "monolith" that stopped a long time ago. What's missing in all the hype I've seen so far is tax incentives for production companies to come to Colorado.
Canada took on Hollywood decades ago with tax incentives. You can't walk more than a few blocks in Vancouver without coming upon some film or TV series in production. The same goes for Toronto.
Here in the United States, Georgia is rapidly becoming a major production center for productions like "Ozark," "The Walking Dead" and the "Hunger Games," just a few of the hundreds of films and TV series being shot there. Georgia offers qualifying productions a 20 percent tax credit, plus an additional 10 percent credit for embedding a Georgia promotional logo in the film title or credits.
Canada has offered similar incentives for decades. It's why "Fargo" is shot in Alberta.
There was much hoopla a while ago about a TV series to be shot in southwest Colorado. Gov. Hickenlooper was there for that announcement too. But it didn't pan out. Other states offered better deals.
I feel bad for poor Wyoming. "Wind River" is set in Wyoming, but was filmed in Utah. "Longmire" is also set in Wyoming but filmed in New Mexico.
Parker's plans seem to be along the lines of "If we build it they will come." The reality should be if we offer tax incentives, maybe they will come. But get in line behind other states who've beat you to the punch.
So let's simmer down with the hype and start dealing in reality. Is Colorado ready to get real in attracting film companies?
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