COMPASS represents the Florida men and women who work in feature film and episodic television production and the Florida-based businesses that provide materials, equipment, provisions, and other support to this industry.
Where We Are Today
April 30th: The full Florida Senate adopts SB 1808 by unanimous voice vote on the Senate floor.
April 17th: SB 1808 passes Senate Rules by unanimous vote and is now headed to the Senate floor.
March 25th: SB 1808, a legislative resolution in support of Florida film and television production, is approved by unanimous vote of the Senate Committee on Commerce and Tourism.
“The playing field is no longer level and that must be fixed. Florida’s actors, filmworkers, producers, and small business owners deserve to be able compete with other Southeastern states for our share of the domestic market for feature film and episodic television production. We must persuade Florida legislators, business associations, community and educational leaders, the tourism industry, and the public in general to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with us and support our effort to bring motion picture production back to the Sunshine State.”
Chris Ranung, COMPASS chair
A little history:
Since May of 2012, the Congress of Motion Picture Associations of Florida (COMPASS) has maintained an unwavering legislative presence in Tallahassee and around the state, building credibility as the primary advocacy group for Florida motion picture production.
We have steadfastly maintained that, of the various entertainment industry sectors, the greatest economic impact comes from feature film and episodic television production – through its singular ability to create good long-term jobs for Floridians and inject maximum production spending into Florida communities.
In 2017, COMPASS responded to opposition to corporate subsidies by introducing legislation to create a new business model based on sound financing principles. Our legislation was heard and passed by one Senate committee.
We returned to Tallahassee for the 2018 legislative session with an updated and refined bill, a broader legislative and business support base, and a fire in our belly. Again, we passed one committee in the Senate and hit a stone wall in the House, where conservative opposition blocked our every attempt to get a fair hearing for our program.
In 2019, however, we see different approaches to try, other routes to take. Simply put, it’s not all about Tallahassee anymore. Counties all over Florida want to bring movie and television production back. Business and community groups are supportive. So you can expect to see radical changes in our effort this year.
This is already being reflected by our activity in Tallahassee this legislative session. We are not present as much for the 2019 session, focusing rather on building our business and local government relationships around the state, testing the waters with new ideas and approaches.
Our one effort – the legislative resolution carried by Senate Bill 1808 – is meant to lay the groundwork for future regional and state-level efforts. This, along with our support for other legislation pending this year, is the extent of our commitment at the Capitol