The Texas Film Industry

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

It seems a no-brainer that the movie "Dallas" would be filmed in the same city where the long-running television series was set.

But Dallas is just one of several locations battling to lure the major motion picture. Industry officials say that illustrates Texas' disadvantages in the growing competition to attract movie productions.

Texas Film Commission director Bob Hudgins says so many other states compete with broad-based incentives for film shoots that Texas isn't competing.

Canada, Eastern Europe and other states like New Mexico and Louisiana offer tax credits and incentives that can amount to (M) millions of dollars. But such savings for studios aren't offered in Texas -- the site of blockbusters such as "Friday Night Lights" and "The Alamo." As a result, many in the Texas film industry are now mostly working on corporate productions or commercials.

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