Texas lawmakers to again debate subsidies for film, video games in 2019

Texas' subsidies for producers of films, television shows and video games are again at risk of being eliminated. Every two years when the Legislature meets, the incentives are put on the chopping block for lawmakers to scrutinize. At worst, no money is allocated to the effort. At best, tens of millions of dollars is funneled to the Texas Moving Image Industry Incentive Program. About $32 million was moved into the fund for the 2018-19 biennium. When lawmakers convene in January, they'll consider at least one bill — from Rep. Matt Shaheen, R-Plano — that aims to kill the subsidies altogether. Austin NBC affiliate KXAN-TV has more on the issue in this story. Shaheen can expect opposition from

Future of Texas film incentive program will likely be debated again

AUSTIN (Nexstar) -- A Texas lawmaker wants to abolish the program that promotes film, television and video game productions in the state. At present, productions can receive a cash grant based on the percentage of the project’s investments in Texas. Rep. Matt Shaheen, R-Plano, has filed legislation to abolish the Music, Film, Television and Multimedia Office in the Office of the Governor and the Moving Image Industry Incentive Program. Shaheen filed a similar bill last session, but it wasn’t successful. The 85th Texas Legislature ended up funding the Texas Moving Image Industry Incentive Program and its administration with $32 million for the 2018-19 biennium. “We just want to see a little b

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