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Gov. Perry Credits Texas Film Incentive Program with Creating Hundreds of Jobs for Texans

Texas filmed “Temple Grandin” to premiere Saturday on HBO
Friday, February 05, 2010  •  Austin, Texas  •  Press Release

Gov. Rick Perry today touted the Texas Film Incentive Program with helping attract nearly 900 jobs and more than $5 million in capital investment to the state from the production of the HBO biopic Temple Grandin. The $352,800 investment through the Texas Film Incentive Program in the production helped the state beat out film sites in Arizona and New Mexico.

“This production is a great example of the Texas Film Incentive Program at work, creating jobs for hundreds of Texans, attracting millions of dollars in capital investment to our state economy, and generating a significant return on our initial investment,” Gov. Perry said. “This film tells a great story, and I’m proud to say it was filmed in the Lone Star State.”

The film tells the story of Temple Grandin, an autistic woman who excelled academically and went on to revolutionize the livestock industry through designs in equipment and practices used to make the handling of cattle more humane. The production was filmed in Austin, Driftwood, Georgetown, Schwertner, New Braunfels, Luling, Gonzalez and Corpus Christi, with 94 percent of the cast and crew hired locally.

Last session, Gov. Perry signed House Bill 873, which promotes the entertainment industry in Texas by providing incentives for the film, television, video and digital interactive media production industries. At the governor’s request, the Legislature appropriated $60 million dollars for the incentive program for the biennium.

Temple Grandin will premiere on HBO on Saturday, February 6, at 7 p.m. CST.

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