Without heroic rescue, this is the part where the Texas film industry dies

AMC recently premiered 10 episodes of “The Son,” a series based on the celebrated novel spanning generations of Texans written by Austin novelist Philipp Meyer. Reviews highlighted that it was filmed on location here in Texas, with the landscape giving the series an epic heft. If our Legislature eliminates the Texas Moving Image Industry Incentive Program — which there is serious talk of doing — a second season of this Texas story probably will be filmed in New Mexico. Four years ago, the Legislature put $95 million into the incentive program for 2014-15, the film industry then spent $442 million on production during those two years. During the next legislative session, the incentives for 20

Texas Tribune Highlights the TMIIIP

Texas Motion Pictures is a vital part of the economy of Texas. Through the inception of the Texas Moving Image Industry Incentive Program, we have brought in over $1.25B. It is imperative that Texas stay competitive with other states and countries in order to keep this industry thriving. Please support the funding of the TMIIIP. Check out the Texas Tribune Campaign HERE

Will the New Marvel TV Show Actually Stay in Dallas?

If Texas guts the budget for its film incentives program, Dallas can probably say goodbye to the production, and to the X-Men. The news that 20th Century Fox Television is shooting an X-Men-connected pilot in Dallas created plenty of excitement in these parts. Understandably so: Marvel properties, from the silver screen Avengers to the televised B-team spin-offs, make and spend more money than Stark Industries in an up year, and there is something immeasurably cool about knowing superheroes—OK, mutants—are appearing on sets built in your own backyard. It remains to be seen whether the pilot (working title: Gifted) will receive an order for a full season, although it’s difficult to imagine Fo

Texas' Film Industry Scrambles For A Second Act As Lawmakers Cut Incentive Program

The film and TV industry in Texas, at least as we’ve come to know it, is reeling. Last week, as the Texas Senate hosted Chuck Norris – whose legend seems to have only grown since shooting his TV show Walker Texas Ranger around the Dallas area – the Texas Legislature cut all funding for the Texas Moving Image Incentive Program from the state budget. Norris, a native Oklahoman, was declared an honorary Texan for his role in promoting the image of the state on the small screen. With weeks left in the legislative session, those in the film, commercial and video game industry in Texas are fighting to claw back some of the state incentives for industries that have been zeroed out of the state's bu

Hulu estimated to spend $13M on new San Antonio campus

Television streaming giant Hulu is expected to spend an estimated $13 million renovating a new 45,000-square-foot campus in San Antonio where the California company will run its “viewer experience operations,” city records show. “With its vibrant culture and large and diverse talent pool, we’re incredibly excited to partner with the city to make San Antonio home to our viewer experience operations,” Ben Smith, head of Hulu experience said in a press release. City and Bexar County leaders spent months courting Hulu to locate its customer service center in San Antonio, bringing with it 300 new jobs when it opens this fall with a peak of 500 by the end of 2018. They offered a generous package o

Gov. Abbott calls for adding $100M to Texas Enterprise Fund

The Texas Enterprise Fund should be re-upped to the tune of more than $100 million, Gov. Greg Abbott said today in a speech to the Dallas Regional Chamber. The deal-closing fund helps attract some of the world’s largest companies such as McKesson, which is bringing 1,000 jobs to Irving, and Charles Schwab, which is bringing more than 1,000 jobs and building a new campus in Westlake in Denton and Tarrant Counties. Other TEF-incented deals that have landed in North Texas include the headquarters relocations for Jacobs Engineering Group, Kubota Tractor and Jamba Juice, Abbott said. “Your support of that money is essential if we are to keep Texas in the vanguard new businesses in the future,” Ab

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