Texas lawmakers are not quite ready to yell “cut” on all tax breaks for movie makers and TV producers, reports KERA’s BJ Austin.
Janis Burkland, director of the Dallas Film Commission, told Dallas City Council members today incentives to lure movies and TV shows managed to stay alive in House Bill 1 – the budget bill passed Sunday night.
BURKLAND: “Our incentives are in there at $32 million. We were at $62 million, so we took a deep cut. And I know that other people are taking big cuts, too. But, we do bring in money, so that’s what’s kept us in that game.”
Burkland says the total economic impact of the film industry in Dallas last year was $298 million. Three TV series brought in a lot of that: The Chase, Good Guys and Lone Star.
This year, the state incentives helped Dallas snag the television pilot for an ABC series based on Kim Gatlin’s Dallas-set book. Production on it wraps this week. And the TNT Dallas re-make pilot begins filming the end of this month.