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  • Monday, May 02, 2022 12:55 PM | MiFIA Team (Administrator)

    Supporters of new legislation that would bring a film tax credit back to Michigan are hoping the measure can make the state a destination for filmmakers once again.

    This story appeared on WOOD-TV 8 in advance of a Film Incentive Town Hall scheduled for May 11 at Lowing Studios in Grand Rapids, MI.

    WOOD-TV Story - Behind the Scenes on a Movie


  • Wednesday, March 30, 2022 12:56 PM | MiFIA Team (Administrator)

    The MiFIA team, along with lobbyist Brendan Ringlever visited Rep. Wendzel, R-Watervilet, who serves as chair of the House Commerce and Tourism Committee, the first stop for MiFIA’s House Bills 5274-75. MiFIA provided important insights and spoke of the need for Michigan to join 40 other U.S. states with film incentive programs. Rep. Wendzel encouraged a committee hearing on the bills in April/early May.

    MiFIA Board in Lansing with Rep. Jack O'Malley

    MiFIA Board in Lansing with Rep. Jack O'Malley (third from left)

    MiFIA joined two of our four film incentive bill sponsors, Rep. Kyra Bolden, D-Southfield, and Sen. Adam Hollier, D-Detroit, to share several spring MiFIA events across Michigan in April and May and the timing of committee hearings, floor action and enactment. 

    MiFIA met with Sen. Ken Horn, R-Frankenmuth, chair of the Senate Small Business and Economic Development Committee where our Senate Bills 862-63 await a hearing.  We shared movie memories, including movies filmed in his iconic town, and the significant impact of film making for communities. Sen. Horn supported the first film credit and encouraged us to schedule a hearing in his committee this spring.

    The MiFIA team enjoyed dinner with film incentive bill sponsor Rep. Jack O’Malley, R-Lake Ann, to share Capitol Day takeaways while Rep. O’Malley reflected on the work that lies ahead of us. We know that our determination is steadfast and industry support unwavering. The Michigan film industry stands united in the knowledge that a film program will help our great state when it needs us most.


  • Sunday, March 06, 2022 7:24 AM | Anonymous

    In early 2006, I was approached by some members of the Michigan Film Advisory Commission, inquiring if I would join them on the film commission to assist in getting film and digital media tax incentives passed in Michigan, just as New Mexico and Louisiana, the front runners at the time, had done previously, among numerous other states.

    Read full article at Crain's Detroit.

  • Thursday, March 03, 2022 8:06 AM | Anonymous

    (WXYZ) — The push to bring back film incentives is moving through the Michigan State Capitol.

    One of the leads in this effort is state Senator Adam Hollier of Detroit.

    "Either we are going to be competitive or we're not. We've invested in the auto industry. We should be doing the same in the film industry," Hollier said.

    During the movie boom in 2012, the Motown Motion Picture Studios were built in Pontiac. The building is no longer filming movies after being sold in 2018.

    "I think the pandemic has shown us that our economy has shifted to a service sector and what we saw was that movies never stopped production," Hollier said.

    If the bills are passed, it will make two levels of tax credit that would provide incentives for anything produced in Michigan. This ranges from commercials to streaming productions.

    "These streaming services are looking to set up shop in places that are business-friendly and people-friendly, and Michigan provides all of that," set electrician Brian Kelly said.

    Kelly has worked on major films like Transformers and Superman when they filmed in Michigan.

    "This supports a lot of blue-collar jobs. A lot of us just want to be in this industry and work in our own states," he said.

    Right now more than 39 states offer some type of incentive to film in their states. Michigan does not, thus putting the state at a disadvantage.

    These new bills will give advantages to state-based companies who hire Michigan workers.

    The bills include:

    • A 25% base tax credit with an additional 5% awarded for the inclusion of a "Filmed in Michigan" logo
    • A commitment from production companies to spend at least 5$0K per commercial and $300K for productions over 20 min
    • A 30% tax credit for hiring Michigan residents and 20 % for non-residents

    "This is opportunity. I mean we spend so much time talking about how we are going to be keeping young folks in the state. How we are going to attract and retain and make Michigan the place that people want to go and so much of that comes down to innovation," Hollier said.

    Read full article at WXYZ.

  • Tuesday, March 01, 2022 1:23 PM | Anonymous

    From DBusiness
    R.J. King March 1, 2022

    Legislation introduced Monday could create a two-tiered tax credit, incentivizing state-produced commercials as well as film, television, and streaming productions. // Courtesy of the Michigan Film Industry AssociationLegislation introduced Monday could create a two-tiered tax credit, incentivizing state-produced commercials as well as film, television, and streaming productions. The 2017 film Transformers: The Last Knight was filmed in the city. // Courtesy of the Michigan Film Industry Association

    Bicameral, bipartisan legislation introduced on Monday in the Michigan Legislature would create a two-tiered tax credit that provides incentives for state-produced commercials as well as film, television, and streaming productions.

    The action comes at a time when some 39 states offer film incentives and, in turn, receive the jobs, economic boost, and related upstream, downstream, and peripheral benefits from a multi-billion-dollar industry.

    From 2008 to 2015, Michigan offered generous film incentives of up to 42 percent per production, but the savings were discontinued after Gov. Rick Snyder and his team determined millions of dollars were leaving the state, largely because out-state directors, producers, and actors had no obligation to spend the money here.

    “This is about Michigan jobs,” says Sen. Adam Hollier, D-Detroit. “As we witness the devastation and business losses from the pandemic, we know that attracting an industry that reinvented itself amid the crisis is a wise investment in our state’s economy and its workers.”

    Sens. Hollier and Wayne Schmidt, R-Traverse City, along with Reps. Kyra Bolden, D-Southfield, and Jack O’Malley, R-Lake Ann, introduced the bills to create jobs and retain Michigan talent. The initiative positions the state as an attractive location for film, commercials, and the need for streaming content.

    “Bringing the film industry back to Michigan will create more jobs and boost Michigan’s economy,” says Bolden. “Michiganders will be proud when movies made about icons like Aretha Franklin and Motown can be made right here in Detroit.”

    The bills give preference to state-based companies that hire Michigan residents. Other specifics of the legislation include:

    • A base tax credit starting at 25 percent for in-state spending with an additional 5 percent awarded for the inclusion of a “filmed in Michigan” logo;
    • A commitment from production companies to spend at least $50,000 for a single commercial campaign or project under 20 minutes or at least $300,000 for productions over 20 minutes;
    • A 30 percent tax credit for hiring Michigan residents and 20 percent for nonresidents;
    • A requirement that qualified Michigan vendors provide proof of brick-and-mortar presence, have inventory, and full-time employees on staff. Pass-through companies and transactions will not qualify; and
    • Accountability requirements for independent verification of approved expenditures.

    “The incentives will provide direct economic benefits to Michigan communities,” says Schmidt. “Many states can attest to the fact that film incentives spur additional investment and create jobs and training programs, boost local businesses, and retain talent.”

    The Senate bills, SB 862-863, now go to the Senate Economic and Small Business Development Committee with the House bills, HB 5724-5725, headed to the House Commerce and Tourism Committee.

    “Film production is a manufacturing industry that depends on labor and a range of supporting goods and services to survive,” says O’Malley. “This well-crafted and competitive film incentive program will attract new industry opportunities to our state and support Michigan’s talent base and labor force.”

    For more information and video segments on MiFIA’s advocacy efforts to create a film tax credit program in Michigan, visit www.mifia.org.

    To become a MiFIA member or support the association’s advocacy effort, contact Lorri Rishar at lorri@edgepartnerships.com or 517-449-7435.

  • Sunday, February 27, 2022 10:00 AM | Anonymous

    Watch the interview at CBS Detroit

    Southfield (CBS Detroit) – Michigan once had the most lucrative film incentives in the nation in 2008 but were ended in 2015. Now, some state legislators are trying to bring a modified version back as Peter Klein, Secretary-Treasurer of Michigan Film Industry Association, talked about on CBS 62’s “Michigan Matters.”

    Michigan Matters Host Carol Cain, with Peter Klein, Secretary-Treasurer of Michigan Film Industry Association

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    Klein talked with Carol Cain, Senior Producer/Host, and discussed how MIFIA has been working  with legislators who just introduced a two-tiered tax credit that provides incentives for Michigan-produced commercials as well as film, television and streaming productions.

    State Sen. Adam Hollier, D-Detroit, State Sen. Wayne Schmidt, R-Traverse City, Reps. Kyra Bolden, D-Southfield, and Jack O’Malley, R-Lake Ann, are involved with the legislation. Senate Bills– SB 862-863 – is on its way to the Senate Economic and Small Business Development Committee, while House Bills, HB 5724-5725, is heading to the House Commerce and Tourism Committee.

    Production filming in Michigan (Courtesy of Provided by Brian Kelly)

    Klein talked how the new initiative is a slimmed down version of what was launched in 2008. For more, see  www.mifia.org.

  • Saturday, February 19, 2022 3:35 PM | Anonymous

    Film production is a manufacturing industry that depends on labor and a range of supporting goods and services to survive. Many states attest that film incentives spur additional investment and create jobs and training programs that boost local businesses and retain talent. A well-crafted and competitive film incentive program will attract new industry opportunities to our state and support Michigan’s talent base and labor force.

    Introduced by Senators Adam Hollier, D- Detroit, and Wayne Schmidt, R- Traverse City, along with Representatives Kyra Bolden, D- Southfield, and Jack O’Malley, R- Lake Ann, these bills were designed to create jobs and retain Michigan talent. They say this legislation comes at a time when over 39 states offer film incentives and, in turn, receive the jobs, economic boost,  and related upstream, downstream and peripheral benefits from a multi-billion-dollar industry,

    “This is about Michigan jobs,” stated Sen. Hollier. “As we witness the devastation and business losses from the pandemic, we know that attracting an industry that reinvented itself amid the crisis is a wise investment in our state’s economy and its workers.”

    “Bringing the film industry back to Michigan will create more jobs and boost Michigan’s economy,” said Rep. Bolden. “Michiganders will be proud when movies made about icons like Aretha Franklin and Motown can be made right here in Detroit.”  This legislation would give preference to Michigan-based companies who hire Michiganders.

    Specifics of the legislation include the following:

    • A base tax credit starting at 25% for in-state spending with an additional 5% awarded for the inclusion of a “filmed in Michigan” logo;
    • A commitment from production companies to spend at least $50,000 for a single commercial campaign or project under 20 minutes or at least $300,000 for productions over 20 minutes;
    • A 30% tax credit for hiring Michigan residents and 20% for non-residents;
    • A requirement that qualified Michigan vendors provide proof of brick-and-mortar presence have inventory and full-time employees on staff. Pass-through companies and transactions will not
      qualify;
    • Accountability requirements for independent verification of approved expenditures.

    Senate bills SB 862-863 now go to the Senate Economic and Small Business Development Committee while House Bills HB 5724-5725 are headed to the House Commerce and Tourism Committee.

    Read article at Michigan Movie WEEKENDER

  • Saturday, February 19, 2022 6:00 AM | Anonymous

    Carol Cain, Free Press Business Columnist

    Is it time to bring back film incentives to Michigan? 

    Some legislators in Lansing think so and just introduced legislation to help make it happen.

    The legislation would create a two-tiered tax credit that provides incentives for Michigan-produced commercials, as well as film, television and streaming productions. 

    “This is about Michigan jobs,” said Sen. Adam Hollier, D-Detroit. “As we witness the devastation and business losses from the pandemic, we know that attracting an industry that reinvented itself amid the crisis ...

    Read full article at Detroit Free Press


  • Friday, February 18, 2022 3:40 PM | Anonymous

    Could Hollywood make a comeback in Michigan? I sure hope so! new law Reinstatement of film tax incentives to bring film production back to our state has just been introduced in both the Michigan House and Senate.

    In previous years Michigan had one of the most attractive tax incentives in the country for filmmakers and offered a 42% discount on production costs. The bill was signed in 2008 by Governor Jennifer Granholm and brought several big-name productions to the state, however, that incentive was discontinued in 2015 by Governor Rick Snyder.

    at the height of filmmaking in michigan we saw main movie As if road to Perdition starring Tom Hanks, Transformers: The Last Knight starring Mark Wahlberg, and batman vs superman Starring Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill, everyone comes to our state to see the movie. When these large scale constructions come to town they bring in a whole crew who are in need of housing, food and entertainment. for example, transformer The production alone had a crew of 850 members, which means our state benefits from their dollars spent here during filming.

    I must admit, I was very disappointed when I heard that the state’s film tax incentive was being repealed. It was fun hearing stories about celebrity sightings when these productions were in town and you never knew what you might run into! I remember a special story about everyone boom that shook downtown detroit transformer was filming. It was exciting to know that a little slice of Hollywood was in our state!

    These days it seems like we see almost everything the walking dead To ozarki To avengers: end game All were filmed in Georgia, a state with a liberal film tax incentive. I’m tired of Michigan missing all the action!

    The new proposed bill would provide a base tax credit of 25% for spending in the state, in addition to 5% to include a “filmed in Michigan” logo and a potential 30% tax credit for hiring Michigan residents. I call it a win-win!

    It’s a long process, but hopefully this new proposal will be soon enough to be signed into law someday.

    Read article at Michigan News

  • Thursday, February 17, 2022 3:36 PM | Anonymous

    Bipartisan bills position state to compete with 39+ states 

    LANSING, MI – Bicameral, bipartisan legislation introduced today in the state Legislature is being heralded as an important investment in Michigan workers and the economy.

                The legislation creates a two-tiered tax credit that provides incentives for Michigan-produced commercials as well as film, television, and streaming productions. The action comes at a time when over 39 states offer film incentives and, in turn, receive the jobs, economic boost, and related upstream, downstream, and peripheral benefits from a multi-billion-dollar industry.

                “This is about Michigan jobs,” said Sen. Adam Hollier, D-Detroit. “As we witness the devastation and business losses from the pandemic, we know that attracting an industry that reinvented itself amid the crisis is a wise investment in our state’s economy and its workers.”

                Sens. Hollier and Wayne Schmidt, R-Traverse City, along with Reps. Kyra Bolden, D-Southfield, and Jack O’Malley, R-Lake Ann, introduced the bills to create jobs and retain Michigan talent. The initiative positions the state as an attractive location for film, commercials, and the booming need for streaming content.

                “Bringing the film industry back to Michigan will create more jobs and boost Michigan’s economy,” said Rep. Bolden. “Michiganders will be proud when movies made about icons like Aretha Franklin and Motown can be made right here in Detroit.”

                The bills give preference to state-based companies that hire Michigan residents. Other specifics of the legislation include:

    • A base tax credit starting at 25% for in-state spending with an additional 5% awarded for the inclusion of a “filmed in Michigan” logo;
    • A commitment from production companies to spend at least $50,000 for a single commercial campaign or project under 20 minutes or at least $300,000 for productions over 20 minutes;
    • A 30% tax credit for hiring Michigan residents and 20% for non-residents;
    • A requirement that qualified Michigan vendors provide proof of brick-and-mortar presence have inventory and full-time employees on staff. Pass-through companies and transactions will not qualify; and
    • Accountability requirements for independent verification of approved expenditures. 

    “The incentives will provide direct economic benefits to Michigan communities,” said Sen. Schmidt. “Many states can attest to the fact that film incentives spur additional investment and create jobs and training programs, boost local businesses and retain talent.”

          The Senate bills, SB 862-863, now go to the Senate Economic and Small Business Development Committee with the House bills, HB 5724-5725, headed to the House Commerce and Tourism Committee.

    "Film production is a manufacturing industry that depends on labor and a range of supporting goods and services to survive," said Rep. O'Malley. "This well-crafted and competitive film incentive program will attract new industry opportunities to our state and support Michigan's talent base and labor force."

          For more information and video segments on MiFIA’s advocacy efforts to create a film tax credit program in Michigan, visit www.mifia.org. To become a MiFIA member or support the association’s advocacy effort, contact Lorri Rishar at lorri@edgepartnerships.com or 517-449-7435.

    Read article at Michigan Business Network

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