Movie-related businesses are booming in Mass.

I DISPUTE Jeff Jacoby’s claim that the film tax credit hasn’t benefited the state (“A guaranteed flop,” Op-ed, Feb. 6). First, New England Studios in Devens is scheduled to open this summer. Second, Warner Brothers opened a division office in Needham. Third, the state is the home of Avid, manufacturers of Hollywood’s preferred film editing system. Fourth, the productions filmed here lead to tourism; “Cheers” has been off the air for 20 years, yet people still come to Boston because of it.

Also, during 2011, after I'd been laid off, Boston Casting was able to find me work when employment agencies couldn’t, giving me parts in the movies “Here Comes The Boom,” “Ted,” and “R.I.P.D.,” and in Putnam Investments’ commercials celebrating their partnership with the New England Patriots. So much for “a fruitless quest for glitz.”

Jeff Cross


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