Texas Film Incentive Program (House Bill 873) is now in place, thanks to the tireless efforts of former Texas Film Commission Directors Bob Hudgins and Evan Fitzmaurice, TX State Rep. Dawnna Dukes, the all-important TXMPA, and thousands of people across the state!
On Monday, September 24, 2012, Gov. Rick Perry named Heather Page (from Austin and an excellent cinematographer) as the new Director of the Texas Film Commission, and we are extremely grateful! The commission supports Texas’ growing and diverse media industries, and helps increase Texas’ competitive position worldwide as a production destination. Page is an accomplished motion picture camerawoman, having worked on major feature films and television shows such as Revenge, Friday Night Lights, Armageddon and The Green Mile. She is a former workforce training administrator for the Texas Film Commission, where she helped implement the Workforce Training Program created in 2007 by the Texas Legislature. She is a board member of the Society of Camera Operators, chair of the International Cinematographers Guild Scholarship Fund and co-founder and director of Beyond the Lights Celebrity Golf Classic. Page received a bachelor’s degree in cinema from Denison University, a master’s degree in cinema studies from New York University, and a certificate in graduate cinematography studies from the American Film Institute.
The current Texas Film Incentive Program was funded by $30 million during the 2011 TX Legislative Session, and rose up to $95 million in 2013. Still, we in the film, TV, gaming, and associated industries need to join TXMPA, as the battle for renewed funding will begin again during a subsequent legislative session. See the history of the Texas Film Incentive Program, Google “Texas film incentives (House Bill 873)”, and visit the Texas Film Commission and TXMPA and other websites to get details!
TXMPA is a nonprofit organization founded in Austin to become the advocate for the film, video, interactive, and digital media production industries in the Texas. TXMPA is committed to building a strong community of industry professionals and to support legislation that benefits our industry, is committed to educating the general public about our businesses and how we impact their lives through the hundreds of millions of dollars our productions pump into the economy, supports legislation that will provide competitive economic incentives for the film, video, interactive, and video game industry.