Florida film industry backers set sights on sequel

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Florida’s fading film and TV industry tried to flip the script Tuesday, touting a proposed state financing program that supporters say can bring back jobs and productions lost to Georgia and other states in recent years.

But even the sponsor of the film legislation, first-year Democrat Annette Taddeo of Miami, acknowledged that the push is mostly aimed at next year — when Republican Rick Scott will no longer be governor.

“We know there are people who don’t agree with this,” Taddeo said after her proposal was approved in a 4-2 vote by the Senate Commerce and Tourism Committee. “But we think next year, there’s a better chance.”

Taddeo’s bill would create the Florida Motion Picture Capital Corporation, to draw public and private money available to help finance feature film and TV production in the state.

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