SB1103 is headed to the Governor for his signature
FILM ASSISTANCE PROGRAM REVISIONS S.B. 1103 (S-2):
SUMMARY AS PASSED BY THE SENATE
Senate Bill 1103 (Substitute S-2 as passed by the Senate)
Sponsor: Senator Randy Richardville Committee: Economic Development
CONTENT of the new bill
The bill would amend the Michigan Strategic Fund Act to do the following with respect to the Film and Digital Media Production Assistance Program:
-- Delete a provision that prohibits funding under the Program after September 30, 2017.
-- Revise the funding caps for State-certified qualified production expenditures after December 1, 2014.
-- Limit funding for above-the-line personnel to 30% of total funding under the Program for each qualified production.
-- Require that at least 10% of the funding awarded under the Program be for motion pictures, documentaries, or television series with a budget of less than $15.0 million.
-- Delete "Michigan personnel expenditures" and "crew personnel expenditures" from the costs for which the Program may provide assistance, but retain the authorization for funding direct production expenditures and qualified personnel expenditures.
-- Expand the definition of "qualified personnel expenditure" to include payments for all personnel, and delete a $2.0 million per-employee limit.
-- Specify that residual payments to above-the-line personnel or certain business entities for a qualified production would be subject to the Michigan income tax, and require the tax to be withheld from residual payments.
-- Require that Michigan residents be hired to work on qualified productions at certain phased-in ratios of residents to nonresidents, unless there were not enough qualified Michigan residents for the positions.
-- Allow a television show to apply for funding for one or more successive seasons, rather than not more than two successive seasons, and give a funding preference for the next season to a show that received funding and completed production.
-- Require an eligible production company producing a qualified production at a qualified facility to give the Film Office a copy of the agreement between the company and the facility before the Office entered into an agreement to award funding.
-- Require the Film Office, in determining whether to award funding, to consider whether a production company would hold a premiere in Michigan for the qualified production and make film trailers and clips available for the Pure Michigan tourism campaign.
-- Require certain business entities for the services of above-the-line personnel to be organized under Michigan law and maintain an active status in Michigan.
-- Delete provisions limiting payments and compensation to 10% of certain expenditures, for all producers of a qualified production living in Michigan, and to 5% of those expenditures for all producers who are not Michigan residents.
-- Delete a requirement that at least 5% of the funding awarded be awarded for postproduction expenditures for qualified productions.
Production Assistance Program
The Act requires the Michigan Film Office to create and operate the Film and Digital Media Production Assistance Program. The Program may provide funds to eligible production companies for direct production expenditures, Michigan personnel expenditures, crew personnel expenditures, and qualified personnel expenditures for State-certified qualified productions.
The bill would delete Michigan personnel expenditures and crew personnel expenditures from the items authorized for funding. Both terms mean an expenditure made in this State directly attributable to the production or development of a qualified production that is a transaction subject to taxation in this State and is a payment or compensation, not to exceed $2.0 million for any one employee or contractual or salaried employee of a qualified production. "Crew personnel expenditure" refers to a payment or compensation for nonresident below-the-line crew, talent, management, or labor. "Michigan personnel expenditure" refers to a payment or compensation to below-the-line crew and above-the-line personnel who are residents of Michigan.
The bill would delete the definitions and references to those expenditures from other provisions in the Act.
The bill also would revise the definition of "qualified personnel expenditure", which is the same as the definition of "crew personnel expenditure" but applies to nonresident above-the-line personnel, talent, management, or labor. Under the bill, "qualified personnel expenditure" would include payment or compensation for all personnel, talent, management, or labor. The bill would delete the limit of $2.0 million for any one employee or contractual or salaried employee of a qualified production.
Currently, for State-certified qualified production expenditures after September 30, 2011, an agreement to provide film and digital media production assistance under the Act must provide for funding a specified percentage of the expenditures, and the funding must equal the sum of the amounts shown in Table 1.
Table 1 Expenditures
Direct production expenditures
MI personnel expenditures
Crew personnel expenditures
Qualified personnel expenditures
In the Senate the bill passed 32-4. Voting against it were Sen. Patrick Colbeck, R-Canton; Sen. John Moolenaar, R-Midland; Sen. Dave Robertson, R-Grand Blanc; and Sen. Joe Hune, R-Hamburg Twp. MFP NOTE: If these guys are your legislators - have a conversation with them soon!!! Now the house must vote.... Below is a link to the bill AS PASSED
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Are you interested in learning about the Michigan Production Alliance and the Production Industry? MPA members are available to come and speak to your group about incentives, production, technology, animation, organizing or involvement with the film and production community. Our members have expertise in various departments and may be of interest. OR if you simply have a question about these things feel free to contact us! We WILL respond quickly!!!!
In solidarity with IATSE International 600 and on the heels of word about the death of a 2nd assistant camera operator (indicated in earlier posts) MPA wants to make clear that in our entry level boot camp we stress safety. Safety in getting to and from missions, safety around the set and of course safety around YOU!. People are sometimes hesitant to point out issues for fear of their jobs. Going up the chain of command is the key to getting it right and safe set, stage, and location work can be safe. Think about the situations you have found yourself in. How lucky you were in making it OUT safely and how it could have been different so easily. MPA believes we can be effective AND Safe.
Michigan Production Alliance offers Production Algebra P.A. Boot Camps throughout the year.
The Michigan Production Alliance (MPA) has organized an event to promote the education of entry-level media professionals by offering a half-day seminar.
The seminar Sponsored by the Association of Independent Producers (AICP) will be a lecture and interactive demonstration followed by a panel discussion featuring local professionals.
The lecture component , presented by MPA’s Mark Adler and other film professionals will provide more than just an overview of what is expected of Production Assistants on both film and video sets and what they can expect. A demonstration segment will include set and client etiquette, use of radios and forms and a Q&A session will feature knowledgeable industry speakers discussing career paths, local production companies, organizations and unions and the different resources they have to offer.
This event benefits the Non Profit MPA – cost includes P.A. Handbook and 1 year membership in MPA $105.00
We will program a boot camp for your organization too. We need only 10 participants in order to mount a successful session. Contact us to arrange a boot camp!
New feature films have been added to our film grid. The grid has become smaller as a result of changes to the program. New additions are marked in RED.
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Production Algebra is packed with information that will help you get into the film and video industry. Industry expert and Michigan Production Alliance co-founder Mark Adler provides detailed descriptions of the many roles that a Production Assistant plays on the set. Chapters include types of Production Assistants, specific duties, a day in the life on a set, terms and lingo, as well as examples of forms. This handbook is your launching pad into the film and video industry. Sold in english speaking countries around the world. For a short talk by the author go to this link! Mark talks about the book.
Mark Adler ISBN: 978-193391640-8
$10.95 plus $4 shipping and MI tax 6% Payable by check/money order to Michigan Production Alliance or through Paypal
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|Written by mpa|
|Wednesday, 2010 Feb 10
|The Association of Independent Commercial Producers (AICP) continues to sponsor MPA events such as our signature Production Algebra P.A. Bootcamps which are typically offered bi monthly at various locations.|
|Last Updated ( Friday, 26 Feb 2010 )|
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