Inside Tucson Business reports, “Is it lights out for Tucson film?”
I don’t think any Tucsonans would be surprised about this. Many businesses and industries have left Tucson, and continue to leave. It would be helpful if Tucson’s city leadership examined why businesses and industries are leaving and why they can not be retained. Here are some interesting quotes from the article:
“The reason that New Mexico is getting the business is because of their attractive film incentives, it can’t be understated,” said Albuquerque film liaison Ann Learner.
“Take away the tax incentives and you all but take away the attention film producers lay to what the state has to offer, said Randy Murry, head of Randy Murry Productions. His company received such a credit for shooting parts of a BBC docudrama series in Arizona.”
Speaking of movies…”Anyone? Anyone? Tax incentives?” I feel like Ben Stein in the movie Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.