State Senator Proposes New Hollywood Tax Credits

February 19, 2013 Updated Feb 19, 2013 at 5:15 PM EDT

By John Borsa

February 19, 2013 Updated Feb 19, 2013 at 5:15 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - Western New York, the backdrop in several movies over the years, is no longer seeing Hollywood productions come to the area to film as it once did.

States like Louisiana, Georgia, Michigan and Massachusetts are taking business from the region and Albany's movie tax credits are to blame, according to State Senator Patrick Gallivan (R-Elma).

Gallivan has a plan to increase the tax incentives for producers who chose to shoot on location in Western New York.

"What we're proposing is create an escalating scale - the further away you get from New York City -- the higher the tax credit," Gallivan said.

Tim Clark, the region's film commissioner who works with Hollywood producers to bring on location shooting here, said it would help the region become more competitive.

"We love Senator Gallivan's idea because what it does is it tells film makers that WNY is more of a level playing field for shooting productions up here," said Clark.

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