Texas Movies

In Austin, producers, actors and others who make movies and television shows rallied to get the legislature to provide better financial incentives to attract their industry to Texas. Jim Bell reports.

Gov. Rick Perry himself turned out for a rally early today at the state capital, saying the state is losing way too many movie productions to other states and he wants to change that.

Perry says Texas has always been popular with movie makers because production costs are lower, and there's an abundance of low-cost non-union labor, but other states are now offering better incentives and luring many movies away from Texas.

Bills filed by Greenville State Senator Bob Deuell and Austin State Representative Dawnna Dukes would allow the state to be more competitive with what's happening in the film, TV and video game industries.  On top of that, Perry is asking for $60 million dollars in incentives as part of his job creation program. 

Jim Bell, KUHF, Houston Public Radio News.