Tuesday, June 30, 2009

[MISP] In regards to the ABQ Journal Editorial

In regards to the ABQ Journal Editorial (below my comments)

It all sounds very innocent, but there are several major problems. The first was illustrated by the Journal's original front page story – there wasn't a picture of hard working crew members, it was a picture of the stars from "Wild Hogs". That is the information they are really look for. The sensational story about how much they get paid. New Mexico has a cap on actors of $5 million, the GRT on the loan out companies and the personal income tax on their New Mexico compensation has no limit. I would speculate that on a picture like "Wild Hogs" there was no net cost to the State. The Journal loves stories about stars, particularly if they can put them in a bad light, I'm sorry Mr. Cole, nobody is going to a movie to see you, it requires stars to open a picture and the market sets their salary.

I also have a problem that movies would be treated differently than other incentive programs. We put large amounts of money into the labs and aerospace in general, ranching, renewable energy, and literally dozens of other businesses. The Journal speculates that the total figure for economic development incentives is over $500 million a year and we're somewhere around 6% or 7% of that. That doesn't include TID's, the tax exempt bonds, (which go into the billions for Intel alone) and myriad other statewide and local incentives. I would argue that is the essential function of government – to provide employment for their constituents and we do not put enough emphasis on economic development in the  state but regardless much of this will go away if we breech the confidentiality of the program. I can guarantee you this has happened before – film companies will just stop shooting in a State when budgets and actual are public record. If there is a move to release these tax records then it should be for everyone. Why we are being continually singled out is obvious. It's political.

 

If these confidential tax records are released then my members , the hard working labor that makes the pictures will have their confidentiality breeched. Why? Because they work in the movie business, are they to be treated differently and their earnings be made public.?

I would urge you if you are at all concerned about this business and more importantly the bigger point of tax payer confidentiality, write your local newspaper, blog, call the radio stations, do whatever you need to do to emphasis this is not about us, it's about taxpayer rights.

Jon Hendry


Monday, June 29, 2009

Give Taxpayers a Peek at Expenses They Pay



          Give Taxpayers a Peek  At Expenses They Pay
        The state Taxation and Revenue Department says details on the $86.5 million New Mexicans have forked over to film companies between July 1, 2007, and March 16 are private tax information. Gov. Bill Richardson's Office says what film companies like Wild Hogs Productions spend their money on is secret proprietary information — even if they're reimbursed from your tax dollars 25 percent of what they spend.
        Eric Witt, Richardson's deputy chief of staff and film adviser, justifies the secrecy as a privacy need similar to taxpayers who get credit for dependents. Some in the film industry have gone so far as to say the information is protected from disclosure under a "constitutionally protected right of privacy."
        Hogwash.
        These "tax credits" are really plain old reimbursements for expenses, and the rationale for keeping them secret as confidential tax information falls as flat as "Swing Vote" did at the box office. (New Mexicans paid Swing Vote LLC $3 million.)
        Rep. Dennis Kintigh, a Roswell Republican, is right to question the secrecy. Tax and Rev can call the checks it cuts — like the one for $8.5 million to Wild Hogs Productions — "film production tax credits" under state law, but there's no W-2 or 1099 or 1040 or any other tax form involved. Producers submit what amount to expense-account claims, Tax and Rev audits them, and taxpayers cover the check.
        Kintigh says he's "not trying to kill the industry. I would just like to get all the data out" on the program. With dueling studies on the economic impact of the film industry on New Mexico, he points out releasing the expenses claimed by production companies would go a long way toward ending the debate by showing high-impact expenses (like wages to New Mexicans) vs. low-impact ones (equipment rental).
        "I want to assess this program," he says. "Let's put it all out on the table for people to see."
        Let's. If it's important for movie moguls to keep the amount they spend on John Travolta's trailer or Kevin Costner's hairdresser a state secret, then they shouldn't ask for state money to pay those bills.
        This reimbursement program appears to be an economic development incentive worth keeping. But the public deserves to know how its money is spent.
       



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Monday, June 29, 2009

[MISP] Fwd: Web 2.0 Seminar in Las Cruces

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We've been having some trouble getting this posted -- but the High Tech Consortium of Southern New Mexico (HTC) has been doing great things to bring the Las Cruces region's tech and media business community together. 

Please check this out -- and give Gary a shout if you're interested.

Eric

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The High Tech Consortium of Southern New Mexico (HTC) is seeking to
hold a seminar in Las Cruces on effective, proven small business (and
non-profit) applications of Web 2.0 technology, including LinkedIn,
Facebook, Twitter and Ning.  This is an area where we can broaden the
general understanding and appreciation of digital media.  HTC is
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[MISP] Web 2.0 Seminar in Las Cruces

The High Tech Consortium of Southern New Mexico (HTC) is seeking to hold a seminar in Las Cruces on effective, proven small business (and

non-profit) applications of Web 2.0 technology, including LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and Ning.  This is an area where we can broaden the general understanding and appreciation of digital media.  HTC is looking for prospective panelists - let me know if you are interested.

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[MISP] Fwd: This Just In @ The Complex

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This Just In @ the Complex
For more information, call
505/216.7562
June 29, 2009
Fred Bianchi
Fred Bianchi Drops In
@ the Complex
June 29, 6:00pm
Fred Bianchi, award winning composer, professor of music at Worcester Polytechnic Institute and collaborator with David B. Smith on interactive computer music systems and Virtual Orchestra technology, dropped in over the weekend and agreed to an informal session tonight only to discuss future sound, music and acoustic collaborations at the Complex. You are invited to join this conversation at 6:00pm in the lounge at 632 Agua Fria.

Bianchi will discuss his work and his current research at MAGIC, WPI's Media Arts Group Innovation Center. He'll be joined by Fabio Carrera, also from WPI, sponsor of The Venice Project, and creative energy behind WPI's  potential Santa Fe Project Center. They will explore how WPI and the Complex can forge long-term partnerships around sound and music and how to include Santa Fe in future Venice collaborations.

If you're interested in emerging music, the Complex and potential collaborations, please stop in.
Stereo Card by Georgette Freeman
Santa Fe Complex receives significant funding from the Economic Development Department of the City of Santa Fe.
 

Take the Railrunner
to the Complex

Leave downtown Abq at 4:15 on the #514 and you'll be at the Santa Fe Depot by 5:46. Walk west, past the REI building, to the Complex for our evening events. (The Railrunner stops at three other spots in the Abq area en route to Santa Fe. For details, click here.)

Return on the #519 at 8:15, arriving in downtown ABQ at 9:42, or the #521 heads south at 9:30 to arrive at 10:57.

Projected Light:
A 21st Century Drive-In

Friday, July 3 · 8:23pm
Summer@The Complex™ continues at sunset on July 3 with Projected Light™, a drive-in theater for the 21st century, when eight artists project their creations in sound and video on the interior and exterior walls of the Complex. The event's new kind of fireworks continue through the weekend on the 4th and 5 and end on the weekend of July 10-12 beginning at sunset each night.
 
This show, conceived and curated by Woody Vasulka and Orlando Leibovitz, features new Stereo Card by Georgette Freemanmulti-channel video work by acclaimed Santa Fe artist Steina,Tokyo-native Hisao Ihara, Albuquerque-based James Coker, Santa Fe's own Dr. Woohoo, aka Drew Trujillo,NYC-based Susanna Carlisle, and Marianna Amster. Projections begin at sunset each night when the facade of the Complex building will be illuminated by computer modeled moving images.
 
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Santa Fe Complex is located in the Railyard Art District within walking distance of the hotels, restaurants and shops at the plaza downtown. We're housed in two facilities, the project space at 624 Agua Fria and the common space at 632 Agua Fria.

While there is parking at 624 Agua Fria, the Romero Street parking lot is more conveniently located for the 632 facility. Romero St. is an old-style Santa Fe ox-cart road just east of the 624 driveway. Follow it south from Agua Fria St. until it opens up to two lanes; turn hard right into the parking lot for 632. Or, enter from Manhattan St. & Romero St. to the south.

Here's a map to our location, a representative shot showing the Railyard District and a sketchup drawing of the facility at 632. For more information, call 505/216.7562 or click here.

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Friday, June 26, 2009

[MISP] WhatisPaul Production Blog Launched

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Production blogs for movies have become a more and more popular way to build some buzz and get info out about the productions (Observe and Report had some good crew blogs last year, and McG's blog for Terminator Salvation had good clips and info on that production, often before any other source). The latest I've seen for a NM shoot is on WhatisPaul. It looks pretty cool.

From Empire Movie News Online:
Paul Production Blog Goes Live
Find out latest on Pegg/Frost comedy
Source: What Is Paul?

What is Paul?

Well, Paul is Greg Mottola's new sci-fi comedy written by and starring Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, about two British slackers travelling across America who bump into a fugitive alien, voiced by Seth Rogen. It's currently being shot on location in New Mexico – or Mexico Zero – as we speak.

What is whatisPaul?

Well, whatisPaul? is the new production blog for the movie that's just gone live on the internets, featuring a whole lot of video content – shot by Lance Bangs, who directed R.E.M.'s excellent tour film, Road Movie – photos taken by Simon, and much, much more...

Visit the actual blog at: http://www.whatispaul.com/


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Thursday, June 25, 2009

Re: [MISP] Journal "Secret Film Costs" Story

I find it interesting that there are all these questions on the rebate program. If Wild Hogs got an $8 million dollar rebate then they spent $32 million in New Mexico. Isn't $8 million 25% of of $32 million. Taxation should have no problem showing the spread sheet we producers are ask to submit showing how and with whom the $32 million was spent. The information is vendor, amount spent on vendor and prof that they qualify as a New Mexico business or resident. No trade secrets there. On below the line people, these rates are set by the Union. Vendors have always been a negotiated item based on supply and demand. We can argue all day on the multiplier effect but what is the issue on what was spent and with whom.

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All –
 
Good points by Brent and Jon below.  It's imperative that we make sure the story of the film industry in New Mexico is told as accurately as possible and not let the narrative be driven by agendas that may not be as informed as is to be desired (e.g. the good representative cited in yesterday's Journal story would find that many of his questions on, say, variable economic impacts of different types of expenditures are in fact addressed in the E&Y study).  That's why it's vital that news outlets and your local legislators hear from you personally about the impact film has had on you if you work directly in the business, if you're a supplier, a student or have been otherwise touched by it.  Write letters to the editor, write or call your local radio station.  Write your legislators.  Also, if like Mr. Morris your company has interfaced with the state's incentive program and you've experienced the scrutiny to which we subject rebate applicants through the audit staff at Tax and Rev, let 'em know that, too.  We run productions through a pretty tight wringer, as those of you who've been through it can attest.  And as always, tell us how we can do things better: Our goal is 100% efficiency and compliance within the program.
 
Fortunately, the real story about this industry is as compelling as the sensationalist version, and often more so.  How cool was Denzel Washington's spontaneous $50k gift to the Roswell Boys & Girls club, and how many dozens of kids' lives did that touch?  How many families, as a direct result of this business, now have health insurance and other benefits in a state with one of the highest uninsured rates in the nation?  How many businesses were able to expand or simply survive, how many employees kept their jobs, through supplying the film industry as the rest of the economy softened?  But we need to get it out there in first-person voices.
 
We've all put in a lot of effort to make this operation a model for the country in terms of efficacy and efficiency.  With that success comes visibility, and visibility invites legitimate scrutiny but also the possibility of opportunistic exploitation.  It's up to us to distinguish between the two, answering the one and rebuffing the other while holding ourselves to the highest standards.
 
As always, best of luck to all.  Keep up the good works.
 
 
Eric Witt
Office of the Governor
Santa Fe, New Mexico  87501
USA
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From: NM Media Discussion List [mailto:MISP-L@unm.edu] On Behalf Of Jon Hendry
Sent: Wednesday, June 24, 2009 10:03 AM
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Subject: Re: [MISP] Journal "Secret Film Costs" Story
 
Brent, an excellent analysis. The story illustrated the issue,particullarly the large photo of the talent in "Wild Hogs". If these tax returns were public then the headline would be about the Stars salaries etc. Not the amount spent at the local lumberyard or on the Gaffer. You could help ; if you redacted personal information such as SS#'s and adresses would you show your rebate to Mr Cole ?
Jon Hendry

Date: Wed, 24 Jun 2009 09:33:52 -0600
From: brent@INDIEPRODUCTION.COM
Subject: [MISP] Journal "Secret Film Costs" Story
To: MISP-L@LIST.UNM.EDU

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The article details Roswell State Rep. Dennis Kintigh's quest to make transparent the rebatable expenditure of film companies, which is protected information now.  The story itself seems objective enough, although I believe another attempt by Kintigh to present himself as the lone ranger of justice against an evil film empire.  But that headline alone is enough to turn public opinion against the program.  New Mexico's rebate is competing now with many states offering similar and in some cases, more lucrative incentives, and with moratoriums being placed on Los Ranchos and Las Vegas it seems daily our state is becoming a less attractive destination for out of state film companies.  I would hope the Journal would take that bigger picture into account when searching for attention-grabbing headlines, and really a procedural story like this would seem better suited on the business pages (if it didn't offer up juicy tidbits of secret movie star expenses).
 
In the process of getting my own company's first rebate through the program, I can verify personally the state does an excellent job of disqualifying expenses that are not legit.
 
Brent Morris
 
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Re: [MISP] Journal "Secret Film Costs" Story

All –

 

Good points by Brent and Jon below.  It’s imperative that we make sure the story of the film industry in New Mexico is told as accurately as possible and not let the narrative be driven by agendas that may not be as informed as is to be desired (e.g. the good representative cited in yesterday’s Journal story would find that many of his questions on, say, variable economic impacts of different types of expenditures are in fact addressed in the E&Y study).  That’s why it’s vital that news outlets and your local legislators hear from you personally about the impact film has had on you if you work directly in the business, if you’re a supplier, a student or have been otherwise touched by it.  Write letters to the editor, write or call your local radio station.  Write your legislators.  Also, if like Mr. Morris your company has interfaced with the state’s incentive program and you’ve experienced the scrutiny to which we subject rebate applicants through the audit staff at Tax and Rev, let ‘em know that, too.  We run productions through a pretty tight wringer, as those of you who’ve been through it can attest.  And as always, tell us how we can do things better: Our goal is 100% efficiency and compliance within the program.

 

Fortunately, the real story about this industry is as compelling as the sensationalist version, and often more so.  How cool was Denzel Washington’s spontaneous $50k gift to the Roswell Boys & Girls club, and how many dozens of kids’ lives did that touch?  How many families, as a direct result of this business, now have health insurance and other benefits in a state with one of the highest uninsured rates in the nation?  How many businesses were able to expand or simply survive, how many employees kept their jobs, through supplying the film industry as the rest of the economy softened?  But we need to get it out there in first-person voices.

 

We’ve all put in a lot of effort to make this operation a model for the country in terms of efficacy and efficiency.  With that success comes visibility, and visibility invites legitimate scrutiny but also the possibility of opportunistic exploitation.  It’s up to us to distinguish between the two, answering the one and rebuffing the other while holding ourselves to the highest standards.

 

As always, best of luck to all.  Keep up the good works.

 

 

Eric Witt

Office of the Governor

Santa Fe, New Mexico  87501

USA

ph: 505.476.2200

fx:  505.476.2226

eric.witt@state.nm.us

 

 

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Brent, an excellent analysis. The story illustrated the issue,particullarly the large photo of the talent in "Wild Hogs". If these tax returns were public then the headline would be about the Stars salaries etc. Not the amount spent at the local lumberyard or on the Gaffer. You could help ; if you redacted personal information such as SS#'s and adresses would you show your rebate to Mr Cole ?
Jon Hendry


Date: Wed, 24 Jun 2009 09:33:52 -0600
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Subject: [MISP] Journal "Secret Film Costs" Story
To: MISP-L@LIST.UNM.EDU

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The article details Roswell State Rep. Dennis Kintigh's quest to make transparent the rebatable expenditure of film companies, which is protected information now.  The story itself seems objective enough, although I believe another attempt by Kintigh to present himself as the lone ranger of justice against an evil film empire.  But that headline alone is enough to turn public opinion against the program.  New Mexico's rebate is competing now with many states offering similar and in some cases, more lucrative incentives, and with moratoriums being placed on Los Ranchos and Las Vegas it seems daily our state is becoming a less attractive destination for out of state film companies.  I would hope the Journal would take that bigger picture into account when searching for attention-grabbing headlines, and really a procedural story like this would seem better suited on the business pages (if it didn't offer up juicy tidbits of secret movie star expenses).

 

In the process of getting my own company's first rebate through the program, I can verify personally the state does an excellent job of disqualifying expenses that are not legit.

 

Brent Morris

505-903-9802 

 

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Re: [MISP] NM in Variety

Boy, oh, boy doesn't this sub-headline tell it all? Exactly what I've been ranting about for years. Excellent move, Eric, putting in the key word:


BUSINESS

Posted: Wed., Jun. 24, 2009, 6:15pm PT



New Mexico set apart by cheap loans

No-interest plan directly invests in visiting films


Visiting films??? HEY, WHAT ABOUT THOSE OF US WHO ARE LIVING HERE? AND PAYING THE TAXES THAT SUPPORT THIS PROGRAM? AND ARE TECHNICALLY AND CREATIVELY QUALIFIED TO MAKE COMMERCIALLY VIABLE FILMS???

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They've done it again: Variety has another set of articles focused on work being done here in New Mexico. Plenty of good information -- be sure to share them with your friends and potential business contacts.

Select films shot in New Mexico
Projects that show the state's production depth

Includes breakdowns/overviews of: "The Book of Eli", "Crash", "The Men Who Stare at Goats", "Paul", Terminator Salvation", Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen", and "Year One".

New Mexico backs new film workshop
Program to develop Hispanic, Native American talent
New Mexico can now add Sundance cred to its filmmaker-friendly resume. The state is backing a workshop-style program for Native American and Hispanic helmers, initiated by Gov. Bill Richardson and Sundance Institute founder Robert Redford, to encourage new talent and develop media projects as well as provide technical training.

Despite the success of the state's film incentive program (125 features shot in six years), a key element was under-realized.

"We still lack above-the-line personnel, such as producers and writers," Richardson contends, "and there is a scarcity of upper-echelon Hispanic and Native American filmmakers." Citing the state's population demographics -- 43% Hispanic and 12% Native American -- he adds, "Everybody in the state realizes film initiatives have created a new industry, and a lot of our Native American and Hispanic population want to be part of it; it's our obligation to include them."...

Reelz sets up shop in Albuquerque
Entertainment cabler moves to cut costs, unify
Six months ago, ReelzChannel said it was leaving its offices in Los Angeles, the center of the entertainment world, for Albuquerque, the center of New Mexico.

It seemed like an odd choice for the showbiz-focused cabler, but chairman-CEO Stan E. Hubbard says the decision to put the channel's L.A.- and Minneapolis/ St. Paul-based programming, production, Web, marketing and communications departments into a 30,000-square-foot facility under one roof was a no-brainer.

"We are a startup, 100% advertiser-supported business, and L.A. is an expensive place," Hubbard says of the company that launched in September 2006. "Once we learned about the opportunities in New Mexico, it really was shame-on-us if we didn't pursue them."...

New Mexico set apart by cheap loans
No-interest plan directly invests in visiting films
...What has turned New Mexico into a major film center is its bountiful package of tax incentives. There is a 25% rebate available for all taxable expenditures in the state. New Mexico also subsidizes 50% of wages paid to local crew trainees. Finally -- and most unusually -- the state offers productions interest-free loans for up to $15 million.

Other states hand out bigger tax breaks (the highest in the nation is Michigan's 42% tax credit). But New Mexico's no-interest loan provision is unique among the 40 states that now offer some sort of financial filming incentive.

"It used to be the part of our incentive that was viewed with the most skepticism," explains Eric Witt, deputy chief of staff to Gov. Bill Richardson, who calls the state's aggressive attempts to attract the film industry "the biggest bonanza we've had." In fact, discussions are under way to raise the ceiling to $30 million...


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