MI film commissioner discusses filmmaker incentives, new strategic plan

May 20, 2015

Michigan Film Commissioner Jenell Leonard.
Credit Scott Pohl/WKAR

State lawmakers are again looking for ways to pay for road repairs in Michigan, and that means subsidies for the film industry are again being targeted. That has amounted to $50-million a year in recent years. 

Gov. Snyder has opposed the total elimination of the subsidies in the past. Today, the Michigan Film Office is issuing a new strategic plan, a plan Michigan Film Commissioner Jenell Leonard hopes will strengthen her case for keeping the film subsidies in the state budget.  It also presents other opportunities the film office has to grow the state’s film and creative sector. Current State speaks with Commissioner Leonard about the new strategic plan that was created to address what she feels are "challenges to the sustainability" of the film office’s mission.