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Hollywood taking notice of Arizona’s film potential

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Mezcal, Ariz. — Hollywood has taken notice that Arizona will soon open up movie production operations.

An article on Variety highlights the new tax incentive bill awaiting Governor Doug Ducey’s signature, as well as the Mescal movie scene. The bill promises $125 million in tax breaks for filmmakers who shoot in Arizona and hire local crews.

Mezcal, an old western town in Cochise County, is a place that can greatly benefit from tax rebates for production companies.

“That’s going to pull more production, more revenue from California. Arizona has the advantage that we have an hour flight, we’re less than an eight hour drive. So just the cast and crew come here to work and Talk and go back for the weekend or something like that,” said Mark Sankey, director of Mezcal’s film scene marking. “That’s a big plus. Of course, the incentives are for hiring locals. I think California is a little bit nervous.”

Incentives call for pre- and post-production in Arizona, emphasizing the need to build soundstages here.

“We’ve been lobbying for some buildings in southern Arizona. There’s been some interest in getting them down,” Sankey said. “As more and more productions come in, I think that’s going to open doors for southern Arizona and Tucson or other communities. We’re going to see a big impact on rental days over the next year. It’s going to grow from there.”

Officials at Old Tucson Studios told KGUN 9 that they have also been in talks with the production company about using the location beyond the first year of this year.

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Pat Paris Is the anchor and reporter of KGUN 9. He is a graduate of Sabino High School, where he was the 1982 high school state track and field champion in the 800 meters. During high school and college, he worked part-time in the KGUN 9 newsroom.Share your story ideas and important questions with Pat via email pat.parris@kgun9.com or connect via Facebook, Twitterand Instagram.





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