Wisconsin Filmmakers Put Out Welcome Mat for Hollywood

A group of Wisconsin filmmakers and lawmakers hopes to lay the welcome mat out for Hollywood a little sooner.

They're pushing to have the Film Wisconsin Incentives Bill take effect as early as January of 2007 instead of 2008.

The state passed legislation in May that will offer financial breaks to movie and TV commercial producers who film in our state. But it doesn't go into effect until 2008, so in January, supporters will try to get the Legislature to move the effective date up.

Earlier this fall, the director of "The Last Kiss", a film partially shot in Madison, told me without financial incentives, producers have to take their production, and the jobs that go with it, elsewhere.

Director Tony Goldwyn says, "What it does is enables you, when you're making a film budget, to go, I can afford to provide jobs in America We can do this movie in the real place."

Goldwyn says he had to shoot most of "The Last Kiss" in Montreal because it was just too expensive to shoot it all in Madison, where the film was actually set.

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