PHOENIX (KSAZ) - Entrepreneur Bob Parsons kicked off the one-year anniversary of Sneaky Big Studios Thursday, with a huge announcement.
Since tax incentives ended for filmmakers ended, things have reportedly been tough for filmmakers. Now,m there is a new plan that they hope will bring back moviemakers.
Parsons said Thursday he will continue funding the Arizona Office of Film and Digital Media for the second year. Parsons contributed over $250,000 last year, which was matched by the Arizona Commerce Authority. This year, Parsons will providing over $300,000, and with the ACA matching that, it will bring the total investment to over half a million dollars.
The "Reel Deals Discount Program" is one of the signature programs that are now in effect, with participating vendors like restaurants and rental car operators providing special discounts to out-of-state production registered with the Arizona office of Film and Digital Media.
Since last year, there has been nearly 50 productions in Arizona, and Parsons and his team are hopeful that those numbers will continue to climb.