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Southern Oregon: the next Hollywood?

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Monday, July 27, 2009

The bill increased the cash rebates paid to film companies for qualifying expenses by $2.5 million, which locals hope will bring more productions to Southern Oregon.

"With this, Oregon will continue to be competitive with other states, because we have no sales tax, which is like an 8-percent rebate, we have low-cost, permit-free cities to shoot in, and we have a strong pool of crew, cast and equipment," said Gary Kout, executive director of Southern Oregon Film and Television, who testified in favor of the legislation before the state Ways and Means Committee...

The film and TV industry is subsidized by Oregon because it has low impact, creates jobs, spurs major producers from California to leave money here and showcases the state to the world.

Read the full story at the Mail Tribune.

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