The press event at the Capitol in Tallahassee – held yesterday by Senator Annette Taddeo to announce her introduction of SB 1606 – received broad and satisfactory coverage from the Florida media. We were pleased to be joined by our House prime sponsors, Representatives Joe Gruters and David Silvers, both of whom added very effective commentary to the Senator’s address regarding the formation of the Florida Motion Picture Capital Corporation and its potential impact on film production in our state. House co-sponsors Asencio, Cortes, and Mercado, Senator Vic Torres and Representative Joe Geller, and Ken Williams and Larry Dupree from IBT Local 79 also attended.
Although the term “incentives” continues to find its way into coverage of our legislation, which indicates the amount of work still ahead if we are ever to disengage the media from publicizing our effort as just another form of tax dollar giveaway, one news source released an article more correctly aligned with the facts. Reporter James Call at the Democrat Capitol commendably steered clear of this inaccurate word in his article “Lights! Action! Lawmakers seek funding to grow Florida’s film industry.”
We also located video that, though with shaky sound quality, provides a complete record of the event. In this 15-minute Florida Politics video from Capitol correspondent Jim Roscia, Senator Taddeo provides an opening statement, Representative Gruters speaks at the 3:05 mark, Representative Silvers follows at the 5:25 mark, COMPASS chair Chris Ranung adds comments at the 7:30 mark, and a Q&A rounds out the presentation.
At the podium clockwise from top-left: Senator Annette Taddeo, Representative Joe Gruters, Chris Ranung, Representative David Silvers.