Tribpedia: Texas Film Commission

The Texas Film Commission was created in 1971 by then-Gov. Preston Smith to promote the development of the film, television and multimedia production industry and to showcase Texas’ "uniquely suitable… natural, human and economic resources.” As the entertainment industry has evolved, the commission’s work has expanded to include the commercial, video game and animation industries.

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Funding Cut as Film, Video Game Lobbies Squabble

Naveen Nattam (l) Sean Riley (r) play games during their lunch break at Twisted Pixel, a video game company in Austin. Texas is second in the nation for video game industry employment and promoting further growth with incentives and training.
Naveen Nattam (l) Sean Riley (r) play games during their lunch break at Twisted Pixel, a video game company in Austin. Texas is second in the nation for video game industry employment and promoting further growth with incentives and training.

The incentive fund for attracting film and video game companies to Texas is about to take a major budget hit. Advocates for both industries are licking their wounds, and blaming each other for failing to present a united front.

Naveen Nattam (l) Sean Riley (r) play games during their lunch break at Twisted Pixel, a video game company in Austin. Texas is second in the nation for video game industry employment and promoting further growth with incentives and training.
Naveen Nattam (l) Sean Riley (r) play games during their lunch break at Twisted Pixel, a video game company in Austin. Texas is second in the nation for video game industry employment and promoting further growth with incentives and training.

Film Groups Want Separate Funding for Video Games

Heavyweights in the Texas film industry are asking lawmakers this week to create a separate funding strategy for video game incentives instead of continuing shared funding with film and television incentives. But the video game lobby isn’t ready for a split.

Richard Linklater says incentive funding is crucial to the Texas film industry, even if his film Boyhood didn't make the cut for incentives.
Richard Linklater says incentive funding is crucial to the Texas film industry, even if his film Boyhood didn't make the cut for incentives.

Film Incentive Program Fears Guilt by Association

With other state incentive programs under attack for favoritism and weak oversight, one that seems to be working famously might get caught in the crossfire. Film industry supporters hope it survives.

Employees play games during their lunch break at Twisted Pixel, a video game company in Austin. Texas is second in the nation for video game industry employment and promoting further growth with incentives and training.
Employees play games during their lunch break at Twisted Pixel, a video game company in Austin. Texas is second in the nation for video game industry employment and promoting further growth with incentives and training.

Texas Incentives Lure Video Game Companies

Texas is ranked second in the nation in video game employment. And Texas' unusually generous incentive arrangements for video gaming companies are at least part of the reason. While the industry and advocates of the incentives say they keep the companies coming, critics call them corporate welfare. 

Robert Rodriguez
Robert Rodriguez

"Machete" Denied Texas Film Incentives

State officials have denied incentive funding after the fact for Robert Rodriguez's film Machete, citing its allegedly unkind portrayal of Texas. Ironically, Gov. Rick Perry signed the bill creating the program into law at Rodriguez's Austin studio, with the director at his side. Erika Aguilar of KUT News reports.