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The Future Is in Flux for the Texas Film Incentive Program
Texas loses productions to states with bigger and better incentive programs
"...Don't call them film incentives. For nearly a decade, the creative industries have been..."

Jan. 27, 2017 Screens Feature by Richard Whittaker

Lege Lines: Film Incentive Program Funding Uncertain, Anti-Choice Buffoonery, and More
Lege considers film incentive program funding and anti-choice antics take hold
"...Contrary to popular opinion, Texas doesn't have a film incentive program. It has the..."

March 20, 2015 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Movies or Medicaid: A False Choice at the Texas Legislature
Another tug o’ war over funding for Texas’ film, TV, and gaming industry rebate program
"...from Rep. Garnet Coleman, D-Dallas, as funding for the Texas Moving Image Industry Incentive Program took its traditional biennial..."

April 12, 2019 Screens Feature by Richard Whittaker

Texans Protest Film Incentive Cut
Change.org petition demands special session to save program
"...or abortion rights, they've become commonplace. But as the Texas Legislature slashes film incentives, there's a call for Gov...."

May 29, 2015 News Post by Richard Whittaker

Fitzmaurice Quits Texas Film Commission
UPDATE: TXMPA president praises exiting TFC executive director
"...The Texas Motion Picture Alliance holds its annual meeting in Austin..."

July 6, 2012 Screens Post by Richard Whittaker

Troublemaker Wants No Trouble in Texas vs. 'Machete Kills'
Director Robert Rodriguez distances himself from incentives suit
"...Do the rules for Texas’ film production incentives violate the US constitution? That’s what..."

March 19, 2014 Screens Post by Richard Whittaker

Dear Porn Industry
Texas loves luring jobs from California
"...Howdy from Texas. How is it going? Sorry to hear about your..."

Jan. 19, 2012 Screens Post by Mr. Smarty Pants

The Future May Finally Be Brightening for Texas Film Incentives
The sequel to film rebates?
"...The Texas Moving Image Industry Incentive Program (TMIIIP for not overly..."

Jan. 4, 2019 Screens Feature by Richard Whittaker

What's in HB 873? The New Incentive Levels.
"...If the new terms of the Texas Moving Image Industry Incentive Program in House Bill 873..."

Oct. 30, 2009 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Lege Lines: "Texas Plan" Hits Home
School finance heads to the House floor
"...School district officials across Texas got their first look at how House Bill 3..."

April 5, 2019 News Feature by Austin Sanders

ATX Film News: Good News for Texas’ Film and Game Incentives
"...jinx it, but things are looking up in the Texas Legislature for the Texas Moving Image Industry Incentive Program,..."

March 8, 2019 Screens Column by Richard Whittaker

Getting With the Program
Dukes files bill to shore up Texas film industry
"...push by Rep. Dawnna Dukes, D-Austin, to reform the Texas Moving Image Industry Incentive Program – is steaming through..."

March 13, 2009 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

How Much Will Texas Spend?
The Legislature's conference committee spending proposals
"...1, the 2016-17 biennium budget for the State of Texas. His Senate counterpart, Finance Chair Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound,..."

May 21, 2015 News Post by Richard Whittaker

Will Texas Catch Some Solar Rays?
Local and worldwide solar-energy experts convene in Austin and deliver this message: The day when solar energy will compete economically with traditional fossil-fueled power is fast approaching, and Texas is doing much less than it could be to utilize its solar potential
"...sunlight contained more energy than 3,500 times the electricity Texas consumes in one year, according to Austin's Clean Energy..."

June 29, 2007 News Feature by Daniel Mottola

Austin Considers Film Incentives
Localized subsidies proposed to fight off in-state competition
"...Texas has economic incentives to encourage film, TV and video..."

April 22, 2014 Screens Post by Richard Whittaker

Take Three
Texas film incentives don't always carry sufficient funding
"...On April 23, things were looking good for the Texas film industry. After months of negotiations, marquee names from..."

Oct. 30, 2009 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

They Shoot Movies, Don't They?
Heather Page on the state of the Texas Film Commission
"...When Heather Page wanted to break into the film industry, she moved to Hollywood. When she wanted to work..."

April 22, 2016 Screens Feature by Richard Whittaker

New Director for Austin Film
Brian Gannon will replace Gary Bond at the Austin Film Commission
"...place. This sequel comes just as the Austin film industry could be poised to take advantage of major changes..."

July 31, 2015 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Josh Rosenblatt Has Seen the Future, and It Isn't Pretty
Magic eight-balling 2008, month by month
"...of film and television, both nationally and here in Texas. Please remember these are just my speculations, my sense..."

Jan. 3, 2008 Screens Post by Josh Rosenblatt

Money for Nothing
The Texas record on "enterprise funds" is even worse than meets the eye
"...Isn't Texas supposed to be the state of "government accountability"? A..."

Oct. 31, 2014 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Numbers Don't Lie, Film Rebates Work
Which films and TV shows quit Austin over lack of rebates?
"...and video-game industries nervously await the fate of the Texas Moving Image Industry Incentive Program (TMIIIP). Many fear that,..."

May 25, 2017 Screens Post by Richard Whittaker

Show Me the Money!
When will the Texas Texas' Moving Image Industry Incentive Program pay out?
"...much hooping and hollering around the Lege about the Texas Moving Image Industry Incentive program, a tax-rebate fund meant..."

April 11, 2008 News Post by Richard Whittaker

New Leader at the Film Commission
Entertainment attorney becomes temp boss
"...Big change over at the Texas Film Commission: The governor's office has appointed a member..."

Dec. 18, 2010 Screens Post by Richard Whittaker

Incentives and R-Rated Entertainment
Amid bigger scandals, lawmaker plays the movie morality card again
"...Are state incentives to private business moral? That's a complicated question, and..."

Jan. 21, 2015 News Post by Richard Whittaker

Talking Travis: Dawnna Dukes
Legeland catches up with the state rep for district 46
"...Dukes has obviously been the beefing up of the Texas Moving Image Industry Incentive Program she got through in..."

May 12, 2009 News Post by Richard Whittaker

American Crime Going Back to Cali
TV show departs Austin over incentives
"...More bad news for Texas television production: Variety reports that ABC's American Crime, which..."

June 22, 2016 Screens Post by Richard Whittaker

Getting Film Incentives to Pay Off
Film Commission director Bob Hudgins talks about proposed reforms to the incentive program
"...victory last session by finally getting cash for the Texas Moving Image Industry Incentive Program (aka the film incentives.)..."

Feb. 10, 2009 News Post by Richard Whittaker

Council Weighs Film Incentives Deal
City looks to keep film and digital production inside city limits
"...Richard Link­lat­er and Robert Rodriguez, and a large film program at UT, Austin should be the moving image capital..."

April 25, 2014 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Is That a Wrap for Incentives?
Amid economic woes and a race-baiting controversy, the future of TV, video game, and film funding in Texas looks shaky
"...billion, and filmmakers, TV producers, and game developers in Texas are scratching for funding. So how tough is it..."

Jan. 28, 2011 Screens Feature by Richard Whittaker

Big Money, Big Money
Film incentives see massive boost
"...Good news from the Legislature for Texas-based filmmakers and game developers: The Texas Moving Image Industry..."

May 31, 2013 Screens Feature by Richard Whittaker

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