April 17, 2008

Local Competition in the Tinsel Economy

Carroll Andrew Morse

You're probably aware that after Rhode Island proposed one casino, Massachusetts proposed three. I'm not sure whose plan came first, but according to Tamara Race and Jack Encarnacao of the Quincy Patriot Ledger, the same thing is happening with movie studios: Rhode Island proposes one, while Massachusetts proposes two…

There is room and business enough for two movie studios on the South Shore, developers say. Studios proposed in Weymouth and Plymouth are expected to complement, rather than compete with, each other.

SouthField Studios in Weymouth’s hopes to be up and running first will not affect the Plymouth Rock Studios plans, founder David Kirkpatrick said.

“We’re not going anywhere,” Kirkpatrick said. “We plan to be here running our studio for the rest of our lives.”

A 25 percent tax credit is expected to double movie production in the state, and producers need sound stages, studios, and a work force to launch the new local industry.

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Damn. Nobody tell Bill Murphy ...

Posted by: Monique at April 17, 2008 1:49 PM

I thought competition was the point.

Posted by: David at April 17, 2008 9:02 PM

Of what?

Posted by: Andrew at April 17, 2008 10:26 PM

Hey, Murphy got one brief walk-on in "Brotherhood," and now he's starstruck.

Posted by: rhody at April 18, 2008 11:57 AM
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