Tribpedia: Texas Film Commission

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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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Texas Incentives Lure Video Game Companies

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 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.