• Feb 4, 2009
While your next car might not be made in Michigan, the next movie you see might be. At least it could work out that way if Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm's plan succeeds.
In Granholm's State of the State Address earlier this week, the governor announced that: "Wonderstruck Animation Studios will invest $86 million to build a new studio in Detroit; Stardock Systems, a digital gaming manufacturer, will build its production facilities in Plymouth; and Motown Motion Pictures will invest $54 million to build their new film studios at a former GM plant in Pontiac."

Michigan has been offering some generous enticements to the film industry for some time now. The state's lawmakers passed a law last year to offer filmmakers cash refunds of 40% or more to movies made in Michigan. The Wall Street Journal says that's one reason Warner moved production of "Gran Torino" from Minnesota to Michigan. The state is also throwing in $15 million in tax credits and another $101 million more in credits over 12 years if hiring quotas are met.

[Sources: The Wall Street Journal; Detroit Free Press]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      i see what you did there...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Is this a great country or what? It is my guess the Hollywood crowd is just dying for a reason to move to Michigan just to get away from the sun, lack of snow and ice, and a state government that wants to tax everything that isn't already dead for 10 years. On the other hand, after Al Gore's global warming prophecy comes true Michigan will become the new California with sun, a lack of snow and ice, and a state government that wants to tax everything that isn't already dead for 10 years.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The old GM facility is the Centerpoint Campus in Pontiac, and the Old MGM Casino building was the old IRS building for clarification.
      • 5 Years Ago
      hmmm, despite gran torino, I doubt top talent will want to work in Michigan.

        • 5 Years Ago
        Then u know NOTHING about the business. Talent know up front where the project is shooting. It's part of negotiations. Once they sign, they work where they are told. Eastwood is not the only top director to shoot here. Sam Mendes shot 'Road to Perdition" in Western MI a few years back. 'Somewhere in Time' with Christopher Reeve was shot on Mackinac Island. And with the current tax incentive, MI is on many top production lists because they can save BIG BUCKS shooting here. In the film biz, talent goes where the money is.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Transformers was filmed here in the D!
        You know the scene where Shea is being chased by Megatron through the abandoned building with the Allspark? Michigan Central Railway baby!!!
        • 5 Years Ago
        Plenty of them have been working in Canada. I think that is where this idea came from. Canada has been subsidizing the film industry for a long time. Of course for much of that time the C$ was low.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I wonder if they got the memo that New Mexico is trying to do the same thing right now.

      Can all of American industry just be replaced by industries like filmmaking? Because it appears that that's what America is trying to do.

      :-
      • 5 Years Ago
      This isn't exactly automotive related, and that "old GM facility" is the old site of the MGM Grand Casino.
        • 5 Years Ago
        No it's not. You're confusing two separate projects. The article is stated correctly
      • 5 Years Ago
      stardock isnt a gaming company...?
      • 5 Years Ago
      The movie industry is supposed to occupy former factory occupied by GM. My question is who owns the factory now? Because as i understand movie studios only rent it, i doubt that GM rents a former factory. What i fear happened is that border line retard Granholm paid a favorable price to GM for the factory and now rents it at a deep discount, costing taxpayers a double whammy.

      I have followed Michigan politics for a while now, let me tell you this, if you think Bush was ineffective, corrupt and out right incompetent, well she takes it on another level.

        • 5 Years Ago
        Holey freakin crap, you hit the nail on the head about Michigan politics and Granholm...100% agreed couldnt say it any better!!
        • 5 Years Ago
        Sea Urchin...I have to agree on Granholm. She is just dumb. Sure, Engler wasn't much better but Granholm has passed up a few good deals.

        Yeah, more jobs are nice but in my opinion Michigan needs more manufacturing jobs...which could have been brought here.

        I just hope all these deals help out or Michigan is gonna be even more screwed.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Urch, u live in NYC. What the h@ll do u know about MI politics? GM has a bunch of empty buildings in Pontiac (2 miles from my house). State of MI does not own any of the property. The new studio will either take a long-term lease or buy. As for yr charges of corruption in the Granholm admin, come up with some credible evidence or STFU.

        Those of u who diss SE/MI as possible movie-making locale know NOTHING about the biz. I've been in it 25 years, here and in L.A. Producers are loking at MI because of the tax incentive first. Once they get here, they discover the great locations and tons of talented behind-the-camera people looking for work here. If even half the projected 5800 jobs show up, it will be more than any of you morons have ever done for MI.
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