Florida Film Official: ‘We’re looking at a complete brain drain’

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In the political debate over incentives, it appears Florida’s film industry was the canary in the coal mine.

“It’s a sad story,” said Michelle Hillery, deputy film commissioner of the Palm Beach Beach Film and Television Commission. “The state of Florida used to be number three in film production. Now we’re not even in the top 10 conversation list.”

In fact, neighboring Georgia, Hillery said, has taken Florida’s Top 10 ranking spot. And some of our talent, too.

Last fall, Pinewood Studios Group hired away Frank Patterson, dean of Florida State University’s College of Motion Picture Arts, as president of its Atlanta studios.

“So we’re looking at a complete brain drain, too,” lamented Hillery.

See more at The Palm Beach Post.

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