Friday, June 10, 2016

The Ongoing (and Unending) Lure of FREE MONEY

The pursuit of other people's moolah never ends.

Nineteen projects from international studios are being developed in [France], including seven from the U.S. The studios are taking advantage of the recent laws passed that offer government tax rebates for film and television projects. ...

DreamWorks’ Captain Underpants, joint Paramount and MGM project Sherlock Gnomes, and Disney TV series Elena de Avalor have all applied and been approved for tax breaks, confirmed Film France.

Marvel Animation is also on the list of international productions with two new shorts in development, Ant-Man and Rocket and Groot. French directing team Ugo Bienvenu and Kevin Manach will be handling duties for Ant-Man while Arnaud Delord will be working on Rocket and Groot. ...

While these aren’t the first U.S.-based projects to move their operations overseas, it’s another indicator that France is quietly becoming a destination powerhouse for production.

Never let it be said that good old American free-market system, and the boys and girls that control it, aren't willing to open the Socialist spigot and drink deeply when the opportunity arises. We are now locked in a global battle to see which state and/or national government can throw the most tax dollars at our fine, entertainment conglomerates to entice them to set up shop in their geographical area.

Remember the old days? When companies had to spend their own money to create family and adult entertainment? Those times are rapidly coming to an end almost everywhere. Even the Golden state has gotten into the movie bribery business with tax subsidies of its own. My sorrow is that the subsidies only encompass animated visual effects for live-action, and not undiluted animation itself.

And California only subsidizes work that has left the state but returned for the subsidies. That cuts feature animation out of the mix, along with various forms of live-action like three-camera television comedies. No doubt the parameters will change when the tax bill comes up for renewal in another two years.


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