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Advocates for film and TV are trying to revive Florida’s incentive programs. They say the state can’t afford to be without it.

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Florida officials hope to revive the state's film industry by offering grants up to $2-million to production companies.

Florida’s share of film and television productions is waning as the state no longer offers tax credits for the industry. A new analysis finds Florida lawmakers may have good reason to reconsider those incentives.

The HBO series “Ballers” starring Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson was filmed in South Florida for its first two seasons. Then it moved to California – after Florida’s film tax credit program ended in 2016. The show is still going strong, now working on its fifth season.

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State lawmakers want to put Florida back on the silver screen by rebooting the state’s film incentives program. Some lawmakers are tired of watching films about Florida being shot in other states.

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In Madison, Florida, a crew is filming the movie “Prayer Never Fails.” It’s the story of a small town high school basketball coach who is fired from his job after praying with one of his players. It’s also the story of  a small production group trying to make a film in a state that provides few incentives.

Opponents of tax incentives for the film industry scored a de-facto victory in the 2015 legislative session’s surprise ending. But  American’s for Prosperity is bracing for the sequel.

Republican Senator Nancy Detert is at odds with the libertarian leading Americans For Prosperity. The lobby group opposes Detert’s efforts to reign in film incentives, and says her proposal calling for projects to be ranked—doesn’t go far enough.