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Film Florida gives up the fight for incentives this year

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The president of Film Florida, the state’s nonprofit “entertainment production association,” says her group is taking a “step back” from fighting for film and TV show incentives this year. “For the first time since 2004, Florida does not have a statewide program to entice film, television and digital media projects and companies to our state,” wrote Film Florida President Kelly Paige in a Tuesday email to supporters. As part of a plan to get rid of business incentives deemed “corporate welfare”…

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Americans for Prosperity-Florida launching direct mail campaign targeting sports, film incentives

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Residents in eight state Senate districts will be receiving a mailer from Americans for Prosperity-Florida in the coming days. The organization announced Tuesday it has launched a direct mail campaign to tell Floridians about a proposal moving through the state Senate that includes film production and sports incentives. The measure (SB 1646), sponsored by Sen. Jack Latvala, a Clearwater Republican, passed the Senate transportation, tourism and economic development appropriations subcommittee 8-0 Thursday. AFP-FL said Tuesday it plans to send mailers…

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AFP ready to fight once again against film subsidy proposals in 2016

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In the past week, it was learned that two major Hollywood productions that had intended on filming in the Tampa Bay area chose not to because the state had no tax incentives to provide. The Tampa Tribune’s Paul Guzzo reported on Thursday that Gifted, a new Hollywood film starring Chris Evans and Octavia Spencer about a St. Petersburg man fighting for custody of his niece, is being filmed off the coast of Savannah, Ga. Another Savannah production is Live By Night,…

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Associated Industries of Florida to host annual pre-Session blowout Monday night

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Session starts on Tuesday, which means three things for Monday: the drink, drop and dash fundraising frenzy before the 60-day curtain falls; last minute roommate arrangements; and the Associated Industries of Florida (AIF) pre-Session welcome back reception for legislators, staff and politicos, drawing easily 2,000 attendees each year. Tallahassee reaches full capacity during March and April, bringing some welcome energy to local businesses: Session generates an estimated $2 million per week in economic impact for the city a figure which could prospectively…

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