What Film Tax Incentives Mean to Texas

We must support the funding for the Texas Moving Image Industry Incentive Program as a proven tool that spurs further economic development in Texas

If I could list just three things I love, it would be my family, my career and Texas. Not surprisingly I feel like every Texan can relate. Our families, our jobs and our state instill a sense of pride that can’t be replaced. During these unprecedented times there is one thing that connects all three – film.

Movies and shows keep our families entertained, give Texans more job opportunities, and boost our economy. This is why we must support the funding for the Texas Moving Image Industry Incentive Program as a proven tool that spurs further economic development in Texas.

The Texas economy is as diverse as the people who live here. With 14 million people in the civilian workforce, Texas is the #1 job creator in the nation.1 Although film is not the most recognized economic contribution to Texas, it is important to understand how film tax incentives benefit our state.

The local production of large movies, television shows, and video games can help to generate revenue for local businesses by:

The local production of large movies, television shows, and video games can help to generate revenue for local businesses by:

  • Creating jobs
  • Building infrastructure
  • Filling hotel rooms for visiting cast and crew
  • Using fuel for trucks and generators
  • Providing crew members with access to day-to-day necessities, like local restaurants for dinner, the dry cleaners for their laundry, and everyday sundry items from toothpaste to shampoo

In 2019 alone, the Texas Moving Image Industry Incentive Program created 3,819 local jobs, generating approximately $110 million of in-state spending through 21 projects.2

It is important to note that production isn’t just happening in metro areas. Cities like Corpus Christi, Del Rio, Granbury, Hillsboro, Marfa, Mineral Wells, Palestine, Texarkana and Victoria also host productions.  

Film doesn’t just benefit those days we’re binging shows and movies with our families. It is also about the appreciation of art in Texas, the benefits of production in our state, and how economic diversity can be maintained if we keep funding stabilized for film tax incentives like the Texas Moving Image Industry Incentive Program.


1 https://gov.texas.gov/uploads/images/business/TXataGlance-08.png

2 https://gov.texas.gov/uploads/files/press/2020_Report_to_the_People_of_Texas.pdf


Leslie Ward works closely with community and business leaders, elected officials and others at AT&T to continue bringing the most advanced communications and entertainment technologies and services to Texas communities.

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