Stephen Wise: Florida’s film & television industry focuses on economic recovery

Florida’s rich history in film traces back to 1908 when Jacksonville was nicknamed “The Winter Film Capital of the World.”

Jacksonville’s Norman Studios is the only known remaining silent film studio left standing in the U.S. and was designated as a National Historic Landmark in 2016.

The film industry is a part of the fabric of Florida.

In recent years though, Florida has lost more than 70 major film and television projects that would have spent more than $1.3 billion in Florida, used 220,000 hotel room nights and provided 110,000 cast and crew jobs for Floridians.

Florida is the only state in the Southeast and without a program to compete for film and television projects which puts us at a major competitive disadvantage.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, our economy has taken a significant hit. The film and television industry can and should be a major part of Florida’s economic recovery. Continuing to diversify the state’s economy while supporting high-wage, high-tech jobs is vital.

When an average feature film or television series films in a location, they spend $20 million in the local community while hiring 1,500 Floridians.

Given the current challenges to our economy, one

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