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Wednesday, February 25, 2009

FORMER FREE PRESS BUILDING SLATED AS NEW HOME FOR MOTOR CITY FILM WORKS PRODUCTION STUDIO

The film industry continues to make positive news in Michigan. Now, after announcements that the abandoned temporary MGM Grand Casino in Detroit, and the former GM plant in Pontiac will be converted to a graphic design and production studio respectively, the most recent chatter from the Detroit News has the Motor City Film Works production company converting the old Detroit Free Press building into a production studio.

The Detroit News quotes Richard Gerber, owner of technology firm Intelegen as stating, "'We intend to turn the former printing press area into a sound stage. That's 80,000-square-feet of space.'" The owner of the building told the Detroit News that an announcement will be made in the next couple months, but declined to offer specifics. The Free Press building has been abandoned since 1998, but activity was reported at the building over the past few months, prompting rumors of a re-opening.

See the Detroit News article here.

Unfortunately, along with this piece of good news came word from California that the it will now offer tax incentives to the movie world as well, so as to curb films from shooting out of state, i.e. in Michigan and other states which offer rebates.

Take a look at the details for the new California film incentives here. Or, just forget that I even mentioned California and enjoy the news about 321 W. Lafayette.

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