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CITY OF L.A. IS FIRST, TEXAS SECOND IN RATING OF FILM COMMISSIONS

United Press International

The Texas Film Commission has announced that a survey of Hollywood movie producers has ranked it second only to Los Angeles as the most effective of all of the nation’s 120 state and city film commissions.

“This is a testament not only to our hard-working staff, but also to the 15 years of dedication of the many people involved in building this program,” said Joel Smith, Texas commission director.

The poll was conducted by the California State Senate Select Committee on Motion Picture, Television, Commercial and Recording Industries, which is studying the growth of film and television production outside its traditional California base.

Producers rated the top 10 film commissions in this order: Los Angeles, Texas, New York, Arizona, Florida, Illinois, Canada, Georgia, Utah and New Mexico.

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The survey’s sample of Hollywood location managers and executive producers also gave the Texas Film Commission a high score.

Location managers rated the Texas, Arizona and Utah commissions tops outside California. Among all Hollywood film professionals responding to the questionnaire, Texas ranked second only behind Los Angeles.

The top 10 for all respondents: Los Angeles, Texas, Florida, Arizona, New York, Los Angeles County, Illinois, Utah, California, New Mexico.


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