Nevada's film tax law will put businesses, jobs into action

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Nevada's film tax law will put businesses, jobs into action

Thanks to a new law that took effect January 1st, Northern Nevada is now poised to welcome filmmakers and their dollars to the region. The bill passed in this last legislative session and gives tax credits to filmmakers to come to Nevada.

Reno Tahoe Studios film liaison Jeffery Spilman contributed to the law. He says the film industry will help revive Reno's economy by building a workforce of local actors and video editors.

"These are not just jobs working at fast food restaurants, these are high paying jobs."

Spilman says film crews will use local businesses for supplies. He says the region is attractive to outside filmmakers because it can look like so many different places.

"When people come up here the region sells itself. Because we can look like New England, we can look like the Midwest, we can look like the desert."

Chris Baum is CEO of the Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority. He says a film tax incentive will help broaden the artistic workforce in cities such as Reno.

"We have a lot of people who are very talented in the creative fields here who can't find work and have to go to work for California or somewhere else to find employment."

The state is providing up to $20 million dollars a year for movies that spend at least 60 percent of their budget in Nevada. Individual productions can earn up to $6 million dollars.

The film incentive tax credits exclude pornography, student projects, news and awards shows.