Indiana needs film and media incentives (thetimes24-7.com)
When thinking about Indiana’s key industries, advanced manufacturing, agriculture and pharmaceuticals may come to mind. Many of these sectors have flourished in the Hoosier state because of our business friendly climate, which makes it possible for these job creators to expand their operations. We’re at a time, when once again, Indiana can position itself as a place for economic development with the creation of a film and media tax credit, and I authored legislation to do just that.
Recently, several film companies chose to work elsewhere, even though the film’s storyline takes place in Indiana. For example, Indiana was considered to be a main character in the Parks and Rec TV series, but the show was filmed in southern California. “The Fault in Our Stars” is a movie based on a novel authored by Indiana native John Green, which takes place in Indiana, but was shot in Pittsburgh and made to look like it was Indianapolis. These are just a couple of times our state missed out on millions of dollars in revenue and opportunities to showcase some of Indiana’s best features from this $300 billion industry.
By: Tony Cook