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Beacon Center: Film Incentives Leave the State (TNReport.com)

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Published on Jun 28, 2013

Justin Owen, President and CEO of the Beacon Center of Tennessee, talks to reporters about the film incentives given to the TV show "Nashville" to entice them to film in-state.

The State of Tennessee and City of Nashville have agreed to give the show's producers many millions more in film incentives for them to film the show's second season in Nashville, rather than elsewhere.

Owen said that since the show was successful enough to get picked up for a second season, it seems likely that it should be successful enough to do so without "taxpayer handouts." Owen added that the jobs created are only temporary, and many of them come from out of state, meaning that the state is "literally handing money to California residents, who will inevitably take it back."

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