Austin to dish out incentives for film, TV and web projects

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austin will have its own program to entice film, television and web projects to town.

City council gave the go ahead Thursday for the Creative Content Incentive Program.

Production projects will be eligible for an incentive equal to 0.5 percent to 0.75 percent of all the wages paid to local workers on the project. This would be separate from the state’s own sliding scale system of incentives for such projects.

Austin leaders say an economic report commissioned a couple of years ago showed such media projects contribute $1.27 billion each year for the Austin economy, creating over 10,000 jobs.

The city of San Antonio currently has a pilot incentive program, the first such city in the state to do so. But it apparently wasn’t enough for the new NBC drama, The Night Shift. The medical drama based in San Antonio premiers May 27 but is being shot in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Both New Mexico and Louisiana have gone in big in the last decade to lure film, TV and web projects, offering more incentives than what Texas can offer.

According to a MySanAntonio.com article the crew on the Night Shift was told to shoot outside of San Antonio because there were better incentives outside the state.

Last week NBC canceled Revolution. The show moved from North Carolina to Texas for their second and final season, bringing hundreds of jobs to the Austin area.

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