Austin: Industry News 5/30/17

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♦ House and Senate budget negotiators tentatively approved a belt-tightening, two-year state budget early Sunday, but only after conceding some additional millions to Gov. Greg Abbott for his prized pots of economic-development money. After a top Abbott aide reportedly said the Republican governor would veto the budget if lawmakers didn’t add more money for his pet projects, 10 key lawmakers from the two chambers did some last-minute dickering… READ MORE

♦ “The Gifted” will not continue to film in Dallas – The show, which is on Fox’s fall television schedule, finished filming its pilot in Deep Ellum and other parts of Dallas in April. The series was quickly picked up to series and primed for success; Fox said the first full-length trailer was viewed more than 30 million times. That meant Dallas finally had a Big Four network show on which it could hang its hat. And possibly attract other television properties. With The Gifted packing up, though, that leaves USA Network’s Queen of the South as the only marquee scripted series currently filming in and around the city… READ MORE

♦ With the Legislature’s budget arguments almost done, the film, TV, and video-game industries nervously await the fate of the Texas Moving Image Industry Incentive Program (TMIIIP). Many fear that, having already lost TV shows like American Crime and The Leftovers, more productions will quit the state. Business incentive programs have been under the gun in Texas after a series of scandals surrounded the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas, and the Texas Enterprise Fund. Yet TMIIIP has always been a different beast: scandal free, and with a proven return on investment and job creation… READ MORE

Rick Ferguson

♦ In a recent interview with an industry magazine, the head of the Houston Film Commission talked up Houston as an excellent film location for its diversity of cultures and locations. Rick Ferguson, the executive director at the Houston Film Commission, told MovieMaker how the Houston area’s increasingly positive rep as a fountain of diversity could lead to more film productions coming into the region in search of fresh locations… READ MORE

♦ A sci-fi thriller by a San Antonio native that was largely shot in the Texas Hill Country and Austin debuts tonight at one of the top film festivals in the country. “Time Trap,” which combines time travel, the claustrophobic and creepy feeling of caves and terrifying figures from the past and future, is premiering at the Seattle International Film Festival. “Getting the email from SIFF was a little intimidating,” said Mark Dennis, a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin’s film program whose last film, “Strings,” debuted to critical acclaim. “I knew exactly who they were; Seattle’s Film Festival is huge and very well respected in the film scene… READ MORE

♦ According to the Statesmen, 37-year-old Brandon Vezmar wants a $17.31 (£13.38) settlement, which was the price of the ticket to see Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. “It was kind of a first date from hell,” he said, after they met online. The woman, 35, who didn’t want to be named, insisted she didn’t know about the claim and that it was “crazy”. Brandon claims that after around 15 minutes she started texting on her phone, which was one of his “biggest pet peeves… READ MORE

The Barton Creek Square theatre in Austin, Texas – The scene of the unspeakable crime.

Compiled and submitted by Ellen Lloyd

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Ellen Lloyd
Once Ellen graduated from college, she decided to follow her true passion and move to LA in hopes of breaking into the entertainment industry. After jobs in a production office and an agency, she found her way to Breakdown Services where she learned all about the casting process from the ground up. Having served her time in LA, she moved to Austin, TX where she now works as a representative for Breakdown Services assisting the actors, agents, and casting directors of the South Central and South East regions.

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