Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Hot Damn!

From TXMPA ...

Dear Supporters and Members of TXMPA,

It was a late night photo-finish-to-the-end in the Capitol, but the Appropriations Bill passed with the $22 million in funding for the film incentive grants. On Monday afternoon, May 28, 2007, the Speaker of the House and the Lt. Governor signed the bill. The last step is to have the Governor sign the bill. We do not anticipate a veto from the Governor. He has been very supportive of this initiative.

We have a program and the money!

Thank you all very much for all your efforts. Together we accomplished the nearly impossible task of creating legislation in Texas. Our grass roots organizing and the wise counsel from HillCo Partners, our lobbying firm, have produced an incentive program to keep Texans working in our industry. Please give yourselves a standing ovation.

I want to recognize the efforts of our two legislative heroes who carried our bills. Representative Dawnna Dukes and Senator Bob Deuell fought hard for this program. Please thank them profusely.

Special thanks go out to HillCo Partners for their tenacity and expertise. In particular, two gentlemen worked closely with us: Brandon Aghamalian and Lawrence Collins. These two understood the severity of our problem in Texas and also understood we had to change the situation right now. They fought for us around the clock. In addition, Snapper Carr, Buddy Jones, Bill Miller, Vilma Luna, Erica Christmas, and many others in the office provided direction, support, friendship, and lots of hand holding, when necessary.

Thanks also go to the Texas Film Commissioner Bob Hudgins and the Deputy Director Carol Pirie. Their input and data gathering greatly assisted the process. This office will administer the new program and we expect they will be busy.

State Comptroller Susan Combs (and her staff), Committee Chairman Harvey Hildebran (and his staff), Lt. Governor David Dewhurst (and his staff), and Governor Rick Perry (and his staff, especially Phil Wilson), all assisted in substantive ways.

There are many others behind the scenes who assisted. My thanks go out to all.

There is still lot of work to be done between now and the next legislative session in January, 2009. TXMPA will assist in marketing the new program and we need to monitor the results of these grants. We need to pursue an Economic Impact Study and examine other incentives to consider. We have become THE voice for the industry in Texas at the Capitol.

We will continue to keep you posted through our Web site (www.txmpa.org) and we will continue to fight for you, the members of the industry in Texas. And yes, we still need donations. Please consider making one today through our Web site (www.txmpa.org) or by mail (P.O. Box 40339, Austin, TX 78704).

Lastly, I hope to see all of you at the TXMPA Annual Membership Meeting. It will take place on Saturday, June 30, 2007 in Austin. The meeting will begin late morning. Specifics on location and time will be released this week. Please save the date.

Again, congratulations to all. Pop the champagne!

Hector Garcia
Texas Motion Picture Alliance, President

1 comment:

JP said...

Great news. Upon a cursory look at their site, I didn't see an overview of this bill? Do you know what the incentives/grants are?