A pair of legislative bills, one in the Florida House and the other in the Senate, would have replenished the state’s empty pot of tax incentives for the film and television industry by $50 million to $200 million a year. Both failed to pass this year.
2015 could be different. A similar effort already has the early backing of leaders from both branches of the Florida Legislature. Add to that potential tweaks in how incentive money is doled out, and representatives of the state’s film and television industry are cautiously optimistic new funds will be found next year for the tax incentives they say are needed to lure major productions to the state.
“We didn’t accomplish what we wanted last session, but we established momentum,” said Gus Corbella, chairman of the Florida Film and Entertainment Advisory Council, lead advisory body to Florida leaders on entertainment issues.