Film Detroit to Host Forum on Filming in Michigan
By: Erin Robinson
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., January 21, 2009 – Film Detroit, a division of the Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau, will host Filming In The D, a panel discussion, on Tuesday, February 3, 2009 at the Writers Guild Theater located at 135 South Doheny Drive in Beverly Hills, Calif. The forum will focus on the reality of filming in Michigan — how the incentive works, the state’s crew base and insight from producers who have recently filmed in Michigan.
Film Detroit has partnered with S3 Entertainment Group, the leading production services company and film finance lender in Michigan, to put together a top-notch panel that will help every producer have a successful experience in the state.
The panel will provide details on the nation’s leading Film Production incentive (up to 42 percent), insight from producers who have filmed in Michigan and received their Post- Production Certificate, and discussions from union representatives from both the IA and Teamsters regarding how Michigan’s film industry has developed and evolved over the past year. A special introduction by Bill Black, political liaison for the Teamsters, will focus on the future of Michigan’s Film Production incentive and political support for the film industry.
The forum will begin at 4:00 p.m. and a hosted reception will follow the discussion.
The panel is made up of entertainment industry professionals who are active in the Michigan film community. Panelists include:
- Tony Wenson – COO of the Michigan Film Office
- Jeff Spilman – Managing Partner, S3 Entertainment Group
- Julie May – Certified Public Accountant
- Tim Magee – International Vice President, The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Moving Pictures Technicians, Artists and Allied Crafts of the United States, Its Territories and Canada (IATSE) Local 38
- Pat Dougherty – Business Agent, Teamsters Local 338
The event is complimentary, but seating is limited. Please email email@example.com to make a reservation.
Click to download a photo of Jeff Spilman, managing partner of S3 Entertainment Group
Film Detroit is a division of the Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau, a private, not-for-profit organization whose mission is to market and sell the metro Detroit area worldwide as a destination for film locations, leisure and business travel, conventions, trade shows, corporate meetings, tours and incentive travel to maximize additional visitors, visitor expenditures, state ad local tax revenues and job opportunities. For details about Film Detroit, visit www.filmdetroit.com or call 877-478-7883.
S3 Entertainment Group (S3EG) is a Michigan-based film production services company that provides resources to facilitate entertainment production in the State of Michigan. With offices in Michigan, Los Angeles and New York, S3EG serves as a gateway to help filmmakers get everything that they need in Michigan in order to have a successful production experience. The company directly provides services to facilitate entertainment production. S3EG’s wide variety of services include production services, tax incentive information and processing, travel, bonding and insurance, catering and craft services, and film finance. S3EG provides these services through its companies; MI Film Production Services, LLC; Michigan Film Finance, LLC; Film Catering & Craft Services, LLC; Michigan Tax Credit, LLC; The Michigan Film Institute; Michigan Film Travel, LLC and Michigan Film Bonding & Insurance Services, LLC. S3EG also provides analysis of productions to take full advantage of Michigan’s film related tax credits. Its executives are experienced at qualifying productions for the incentive and then monetizing the incentive for the production.