Tuesday, January 17, 2012

KEEP FILM WORK IN TENNESSEE!

Please, can you take 5 minutes to call Governor Haslam’s office (615) 741-2001 & Commissioner Bill Hagerty office (615) 741-1888 AND send an email.

As you all know we are fighting to pass a bill that creates an entertainment industry financial incentive program in our state, which will create film & tv opportunities within our state. We estimate that we have lost 30% of our film and television crew base and our highly skilled musicians over the last few years as other states like Georgia, North Carolina and Louisiana actively recruit our best talent away.

Please support SB354/HB555. This bill creates an entertainment industry financial incentive program for the purpose of encouraging the use of Tennessee as a site for filmmaking and film production. So please re-post this to your fb or email to all your friends. Thank you!


Governor Bill Haslam
1st Floor, State Capitol
Nashville, TN, 37243
Primary (615) 741-2001
bill.haslam@tn.gov


Commissioner Bill Hagerty
Dept. of ECD
312 Rosa L. Parks Avenue, 11th Floor
Nashville, TN, 37243
Primary (615) 741-1888
bill.hagerty@tn.gov


Here’s a sample letter (or send your own) – it is important that you contact both Governor Haslam & Commissioner Hagerty.

Dear Governor Haslam (or Commissioner Hagerty,)

As someone who makes a living in Tennessee's entertainment industry, I am writing you today to ask that you support SB354/HB555 which will give our state a fighting chance to produce more film, television and music projects...thereby providing me and many others like me an opportunity to continue working in Tennessee.
As you know, our industry has changed dramatically in the last decade. Financial incentives for film, television and music production are now driving the decision-making process by producers. We know that some states have responded to the economic downturn by capping their incentive programs but very few states (or Canada) have ceased their programs. This is no accident. Film and television projects infuse tremendous amounts of money into communities where they shoot. We like to call it "Tourism +" because, in addition to spending millions in a community over a short period of time, productions also hire Tennessee technicians and actors!
We estimate that we have lost 30% of our film and television crew base and our highly skilled musicians over the last few years as other states like Georgia, North Carolina and Louisiana actively recruit our best talent away.
Your administration has repeatedly said that you want to save and create Tennessee jobs. We hope you will make an effort to save ours.

Please support SB354/HB555.
Sincerely,
(Name, address, email/phone)