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Texas Film Commission Director Bob Hudgins to keynote

The Greater Houston Partnership’s annual Business of the Arts luncheon will focus on recent legislation providing incentives to the moving image industry and its potential direct impact on the region’s economy. Following the theme Focus on Film, Texas Film Commission director Bob Hudgins will lend his perspective on how new incentives will help reinvigorate an industry which has brought in $1.2 billion to the State of Texas over the past 10 years. The event will also honor the first-ever Business of the Arts award recipient, Mayor Bill White.

In April, Governor Rick Perry signed House Bill 873, authored by Representative Dawnna Dukes and Senator Robert Deuell, which promotes the entertainment industry in Texas by providing incentives for film, television, video and digital interactive media production projects. The Texas Moving Image Industry Incentive Program offers qualifying projects the opportunity to receive payments of between five and 15 percent of all Texas spending. These incentives, coupled with Houston’s skilled production crews, moderate climate and attractive local incentive packages, will work to boost the regional film industry.

Presented in collaboration with the Houston Arts Alliance, the Partnership’s Business of the Arts luncheon is an annual event highlighting the exceptional impact of the arts on the area’s economy. This reach includes job creation, executive retention, tourism, education and quality of life. According to a study by Americans for the Arts, nonprofit arts agencies in Houston annually contribute $270 million in direct spending to the local economy. Spending by audiences totals $356.3 million a year, making the total economic footprint $626.3 million.

WHO: Greater Houston Partnership Bob Hudgins, Director, Texas Film Commission

WHAT: Business of the Arts: Focus on Film

WHEN: Tuesday, October 13, 2009, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

WHERE: Hilton Americas Houston
1600 Lamar
Houston, TX

Seating is limited to working media. R.S.V.P. to Rachel Graham at or at (713) 844-3663.

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