The film and TV industry in Florida is in a state of “free-fall” and the billionaire Koch brothers and their political allies are responsible, according to a new report by Deadline.com. Productions, vendors and workers are fleeing the state, the story reports, after Florida scrapped its tax incentive program earlier this year, the story reports.
The production-friendly tax program was dumped “in the wake of a concerted and well-financed campaign by the billionaire Koch brothers and their conservative allies in the state Legislature to kill the Sunshine State’s incentives,” Deadline reports. “It’s an exodus of epic proportions, but if a movie were ever to be made about it, it would probably have to be shot in Georgia.”
The report quotes Fred Moyse, business manager of southern Florida-based IATSE Local 477, saying: “The industry here is one step away from dead. We’ve lost a third of our members. It’s been devastating to the men and women who work in this industry, and crippling to the small businesses that support it.”
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