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Assembly Bill Could Benefit County’s Film Industry

A bill passed in the state assembly Wednesday would provide incentives for keeping television and movie production in the state.

The legislation would provide a wage-based tax credit for film, television and commercial production companies that keep at least 50 percent of production in California.

Tuolumne County´s movie industry will benefit from the bill says Sonora area film producer Robert White.

“I´m looking forward to the renewed interest in staying in the state for the next couple of years,” White said. “I think we will see some productions in Tuolumne County in the next twelve months because of that momentum and that direction.” White is Chief Financial Officer for the Sonora-based White Vines Productions film company.

California´s film entertainment industry lost nearly 18-thousand jobs within the last year, a 12 percent drop in employment.

The bill will now move to the Senate.