Gov. Perry Signs Texas Moving Image Incentive Bill
*Note - Gov. Perry frequently departs from prepared remarks.
Thank you, Robert [Rodriguez] and thank you for opening the doors of Troublemaker Studios to us here today. Word has it that today's announcement is going to require you to keep these doors open to welcome a new production before long. Sorry, Louisiana.
Now, I'm not trying to be mean. I just saw Bobby Jindal yesterday and told him that Texas is taking steps to regain our rightful place in the moving image business. The passage of House Bill 873 is an important step in that process.
With this legislation, we are strengthening our state's investment in a vital industry that not only shows off our state to the rest of the world, but also draws investment and creates jobs for Texans.
That's not just jobs in film studios like this, but also game studios and the small businesses that support the industry. The jobs also crop up in advertising agencies and the employers who support commercial shoots all across the state.
The moving images industry has brought more than $1.2 billion to Texas over the past ten years and I hope we can do even better in the years to come.
I hope that this investment will stop the outflow of projects and skilled workers to states like Louisiana, New Mexico and Michigan, and keep the work here where it belongs.
I want to recognize our friends from the Texas Motion Picture Alliance who are here today and thank Don Stokes for your leadership on this effort.
Whether you are a director like Robert Rodriguez here in Austin, a programmer at a game studio in Dallas, or a caterer on a commercial shoot in Houston, you are all an important part of the Texas moving image industry, and we look forward to the role you'll play in continuing our move to the top of the credits.
If you are a member of the industry, I encourage you to learn about the program and put it to work. Visit the Texas Film Commission Web site and get to know the guidelines, including how to apply.
Next, I encourage you to utilize the program. Post that call sheet, call your investor friends in Hollywood, summon your second director back from Ontario and get to work.
I want to thank Representative Dukes and Senator Duell for their sponsorship of this legislation, and ask them to join me here as we sign it.