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Lawmakers hope tax credit bill brings more Hollywood to Vegas

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Updated: 6/13/2013 10:36 pm
LAS VEGAS (KSNV & MyNews3) -- Hollywood could soon be spending more time in Nevada.

Gov. Brian Sandoval signed the film incentive bill into law that will provide up to $20 million in tax credits to certain film companies that bring their productions here.

That applies to big screen flicks and TV shows. News 3's Elizabeth Donatelli is at the sign that welcomes people to Las Vegas where crews are already shooting today.

World Games and Korea’s next top model have shoots here today and another three at locations across the valley. The goal is to bring in even more film and TV shoots.

A lot of movies showcase Las Vegas and highlight the glitz and the glam.

A few films feature a local actor who personally lobbied for this bill in Carson City.

”We have talent here. We have people who know how to make movies her at home,” actor Nicholas Cage said during the recently concluded special session.

Mayor Carolyn Goodman personally asked Nicholas Cage to testify.

“So now, with luck he has promised to bring films into Nevada,” Mayor Goodman said.

And it better because it's a four-year-pilot program and speaker Marilynn Kirkpatrick has said she is going to keep her eye on it.

“Now with this incentive and hopefully an onslaught of new projects coming, I think some of these new studio plans will take shape,” said Chris Ramirez, the founder of Silver State Productions.

Supporters say one possible studio site could be Cashman Center with a future up in the air. While the 51's ponder a move to Summerlin, they hope for a Hollywood hub that would keep film companies coming.

The goal of the bill is to bring in movies, create jobs, and help the local economy.

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