JEFF JACOBY’S use of 2010 figures in his criticism of the state’s film and television production incentive distorts the program’s successful record of encouraging investment in Massachusetts. (“A guaranteed flop,” Op-ed, Feb. 6) In a column arguing against offering a similar incentive for theater producers, Jacoby used data that highlighted a year when the film industry avoided Massachusetts due to proposals to eliminate or cap the film and television production incentive, proposals which, regrettably, are being discussed again this year.
In the past two years, the state’s commitment to creating jobs with the production incentive has resulted in millions of dollars in new investments that have made Massachusetts one of the top five locations in the US for film and television production.
The production incentive is not only creating thousands of new jobs, it’s creating an industry across the state. Local entrepreneurs in communities all around Massachusetts are building small businesses that rent equipment and provide other services for film and television productions.
In addition, the spending generated by the production incentive helps thousands of other local businesses, including caterers, hardware stores, lumber yards, cleaning companies, and hotels. The film and television production incentive is doing its job, creating jobs and growth in Massachusetts.