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Florida Lawmakers Leave Film Incentives On The Cutting Room Floor

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For the fourth year in a row, the Florida Legislature has adjourned and left the state without a tax incentive plan for the film and television industry.

During Session 2016, there was more urgency from film industry advocates than in previous years -- because the state's incentive program sunsets on July 1. Incentive funds that were supposed to have lasted until this year were drained quickly by many high-budget film and TV projects. 

Michele Hillery, president of nonprofit entertainment association Film Florida, says she's disappointed in the Legislature's inaction.

"I think that it may be time, as an industry, for us all to come together and reevaluate the business practices of relying on the state Legislature to financially support this industry," says Hillery.

Among the productions that rely on tax incentives is "Bloodline," a Netflix series based in (and filmed in) the Florida Keys. The series unveils its second season on May 27. Film Florida says that in the last three years, Florida has lost out on more than $650 million worth of film projects.


Years ago, after racking her brains trying to find a fun, engaging, creative night gig to subsidize her acting habit, Chris decided to ride her commercial voiceover experience into the fast-paced world of radio broadcasting. She started out with traffic reporting, moved on to news -- and never looked back. Since then, Chris has worked in newsrooms throughout South Florida, producing stories for radio broadcasts and the web.