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  • Dan Eggleston
    *TEXAS** MOTION PICTURE ALLIANCE CELEBRATES INAUGURAL YEAR AND * *ELECTS **NEW BOARD AT ANNUAL MEETING * * * On Saturday, June 30, over 150 members of the
    Message 1 of 5 , Jul 2 8:09 PM
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      *TEXAS** MOTION PICTURE ALLIANCE CELEBRATES INAUGURAL YEAR AND *

      *ELECTS **NEW BOARD AT ANNUAL MEETING *

      * *

      On Saturday, June 30, over 150 members of the Texas Motion Picture
      Alliance (TXMPA) met at St. Edward’s University in Austin for their
      Annual Meeting. Presiding over the meeting was Hector Garcia, the first
      president elected to the newly-chartered industry organization. Garcia
      recognized and celebrated the Alliance’s role, and industry-wide
      cooperation in attaining the passage of the historical Moving Image
      Industry Incentive Program.

      “The incentive was the result of a collaborative effort between our
      cohesive, statewide Alliance, our lobbyists HillCo Partners, and key
      allies like Senator Bob Deuell, Representative Dawnna Dukes, Comptroller
      Susan Combs, and Governor Perry and the staff at the Texas Film
      Commission,” said Garcia. “This meeting allows us a moment to reflect on
      our achievement and to prepare for growing our voice in the industry and
      at the Capitol.”

      The meeting included an election process to replace and reseat board
      members with expiring terms, creating the 2007-2008 Board of Directors.
      Elected were: J. R. Flournoy, At-Large; David Friedman, Dallas Regional
      Representative; Hector Garcia, At-Large; Rodney Gibbs, At-Large; Jeff
      Horny, At-Large; Drew Mayer-Oakes, Film Commission Representative; Tony
      Miglini, Producers Representative; Sharon Murphy, At-Large; Heather
      Page, Austin Regional Representative; Clark Richards, At-Large; and
      Nikki Young, San Antonio Regional Representative. Continuing Board
      Members are Steve Belsky, Labor/Crew Representative; Chelse Benham,
      South Texas Representative; Jacob Cena, El Paso Representative; Marten
      Davies, At-Large; Linda Dowell, Labor/Talent Representative; Camille
      McNamara, Pan Handle Representative; Cynthia Neely, Houston Regional
      Representative; Dave Peacock, Texas Association of Film/Tape
      Professionals Representative; Meredith Stephens, At-Large; Don Stokes,
      At-Large.

      Following the Annual Meeting, the new Board of Directors held its first
      meeting where it elected officers of the Board. Meredith Stephens was
      elected president, Drew Mayer-Oakes was elected vice president, Camille
      McNamara was elected secretary, and Marten Davies was elected treasurer.
      Stephens commented, “Today was an incredible day for this membership. We
      had the opportunity to thank and salute our outgoing board members for
      the huge sacrifice of time and dedication they gave for which this
      entire industry is indebted. Through their efforts, we achieved
      legislation that is paramount to our livelihood. We now have our new
      Board composed and inspired to foster our mission of continuing our
      growth and success as the industry’s voice in Texas. I am honored and
      humbled to be elected as president and look forward to working with the
      Board of Directors and membership toward that end.”
    • Dan Eggleston
      It is my honor to be the newly elected President of TXMPA. Thanks to the leadership provided by past Presidents, Hector Garcia and Meredith Stephens, and the
      Message 2 of 5 , Jul 22 9:59 AM
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        It is my honor to be the newly elected President of TXMPA. Thanks to the
        leadership provided by past Presidents, Hector Garcia and Meredith
        Stephens, and the current and past board members of our organization we
        have established TXMPA as an effective advocate for the moving image
        industry in Texas.

        I am involved in this endeavor for many reasons. I grew up in this
        industry and have been working in it for most of my life. I love what I
        do and I love our industry. I’ve lived through the era when Texas earned
        and deserved the title of “the third coast” and I’ve struggled and
        survived through lean times when work destined for Texas has been pulled
        away by incentives offered elsewhere. I want to see these projects
        return to Texas and I want to be a part of making it happen. Simply put,
        I am involved because I have to be and I hope you realize in order for
        it to happen you have to be, too.

        In a short two years TXMPA has successfully lobbied for the first ever
        production incentive program for the moving image industry in Texas. In
        its first year the existing incentive program has authorized pay out of
        over $7 million on over $140 million in production revenue for the state
        across all areas of our industry.

        While this is encouraging, it still falls short of our goals for
        bringing new business to Texas. We are already working on a new
        legislative agenda for the 2009 session that calls for modification to
        the existing incentive program. We are working with our lobbyist at
        HillCo Partners, The Texas Film Commission, industry leaders, and our
        legislative allies to craft a program that will incentivize new business
        through expansion of the existing scope and range of incentives as well
        as simplifying the rules process that govern the payout process in order
        to make Texas more competitive. The challenge of creating a program that
        fits within the fiscal structure of the State budget is daunting at
        times, but we are confident we will be successful.

        Once our agenda is in place it will be the task of TXMPA and you as
        industry members to take our message to our legislators and make them
        aware of the needs and desires of a unified industry. With a message
        calling for a larger commitment on the part of the state we will face a
        difficult task in getting recognition and winning support to get our
        legislation passed and funded.

        We need your commitment to make this happen. We need to be able to tell
        legislators the size and scope of our industry and the numbers of
        industry members we represent. Sign up for the TXMPA newsletter so you
        will be up-to-date on where we are headed and to be alerted to events in
        your region and across the state. We need to know you will be there when
        we follow up the great success of our 2007 lobby day effort with a new
        and even larger effort in 2009. Ask your TXMPA Regional Representatives
        what you can do to help and stay involved.

        Getting legislation passed costs money, unfortunately, lots of money.
        Join TXMPA so we have the financial resources to see this effort
        through. Consider becoming a Sponsor and solicit your friends and
        co-workers to do the same. The more people who support the effort, the
        more sustainable the effort.



        -Don Stokes
        TXMPA President
        2008-2010
      • Dan Eggleston
        The Rules are Published! TXMPA is pleased to announce the Rules for the Texas Moving Image Incentive Law. As we have discussed during our pursuit of enhanced
        Message 3 of 5 , May 18, 2009
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          The Rules are Published!


          TXMPA is pleased to announce the "Rules" for the Texas Moving Image
          Incentive Law. As we have discussed during our pursuit of enhanced
          incentives, HB 873 provides a flexible tool that we can use to create a
          competitive program now and in the future. Our intent has always been to
          create a program that provides competitive incentives for all aspects of
          the Moving Image Industry while fitting within the fiscal structure of
          the State’s budget. We believe the structure of the Rules created by the
          Texas Film Commission governing the incentive program will be a win for
          Texas.

          Early in the process TXMPA lobbied for a program based on total Texas
          spend in order to better encourage the utilization of our members that
          provide non-labor resources to moving image productions. Some State
          officials and some production companies wanted the incentive to be labor
          based only. This was to simplify and speed up the process of auditing
          the production expenses and issuing checks. Unfortunately the audit
          process has been a major problem and bottleneck for the State during the
          first phase of our incentive program. We are happy to announce that the
          Governor’s office has addressed this issue by authorizing the hiring of
          additional staff to deal with the problem. The permanent staffing
          process is currently underway and additional contract personnel are in
          place to help the Texas Film Commission deal with the current backlog
          and maintain an efficient program going into the future.

          Back to the actual Rules that have been put in place. As we pointed out,
          TXMPA has argued for a total Texas spend incentive to encourage
          production companies to rent equipment, post their productions, and
          utilize as many other Texas vendor services as possible rather than
          utilize out of State companies for these services. Many of our largest
          supporters are suppliers to the Film industry, and we want an incentive
          that encourages their use. With input from TXMPA, other industry
          organizations and Producers, the Texas Film Commission came up with a
          compromise that addresses both concerns.The Producers of Features and
          Episodic Fiction TV Series will have the option to choose the basis of
          their incentive. If they choose the total Texas spend basis, they will
          receive the full benefit of the incentive, but the process of getting
          their check will require a more detailed audit. If the choose a "labor
          only" incentive, the audit process is simplified and they will get their
          check faster. However, based on the differences between the incentive
          amounts for the two options a Producer should receive a higher grant
          back from the State should they utilize the total spend option. Based on
          the sample budgets we and others have run, so far the total spend option
          has consistently produced a larger grant. Should a Producer choose the
          labor only option, they will be looking to fill as many positions as
          possible with Texans in order to maximize their grant. We feel that by
          putting Texans in key positions we will see an encouragement to utilize
          other Texas vendors as well. A by-product of creating a labor only
          option is that it provides a significantly higher “marketing” number for
          our incentive program with the maximum percentage capping at 29.25% with
          all enhancements included. Again, the option of choosing between total
          spend or labor only applies only to Features and Episodic Fiction TV
          Series. The remaining industry segments are covered under total spend
          only. Overall TXMPA feels a very competitive and beneficial program has
          been put in place. To see the posted rules, click on this link.

          http://governor.state.tx.us/film/incentives/miiip/

          SB1929
          by Ken Rector
          This bill is so great I can't put into words of how I feel right now.
          But, I will say this, this is something that has been on our target list
          since 2002 while prepping for the 2003 session. We were told then that
          the State was in a budget deficit and that we'd be lucky if we didn't
          loose our Tax Exemption status during the 79th session, and thankfully
          through our efforts back then, we didn't.

          The 2007 session presented different issues, but NOW we did it and we
          had Senator Ogden's support! It was nice seeing the House work with the
          Senate to get this bill passed for us. Great thanks is owed to many, but
          especially Senators Watson and Wilson along with Representative Anchia
          and to those on the Committees who moved our bills to the chamber
          floors! It is my opinion that the passage of this bill brings more value
          to the additional $40 million we are asking to be allocated to the
          recent passage of our incentive bill.

          What does SB 1929 do? Well in brief is allows for Film Production
          Facility Tax Credit(the Legislative summary description title). While
          there was a small amendment made today, in brief, it allows for
          production Zones to be created by cities and or counties with
          metropolitan area with a population of 250,000 or more. Since the final
          wording of the bill hasn't been posted yet due to the last minute
          amendment, I must wait on a detailed description due to how it may
          effect the rules which will regulate how many in any one part region of
          the state with a maximum of 10 in our entire state.

          In essence this bill is designed to stimulate production facilities in
          different parts of the state, like Houston, San Antonio, and El Paso
          along with many others. Everyone should be excited about this great
          moment. While the Texas Film Commissions had great news during the
          recent Location Expo event out in Los Angeles, we will have even more to
          bring table at our next event! The Film Commission already reports that
          they Studios are pleased with our progress, and with SAG (knock on wood)
          about to ratify their two year agreement with the AMPTP, we seem to be
          in a good position for bringing back Texas production work.

          Very soon, we should be having announcements of productions verifying
          that their intentions to shoot in Texas are funded and opening offices.

          Long Live Texas Film making!
          Respectfully yours,
          Ken Rector
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        • Dan Eggleston
          Dear TXMPA Members, Thank you for all your help and feedback regarding changes to the voting process for our upcoming elections. We have read all your
          Message 4 of 5 , May 25, 2009
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            Dear TXMPA Members,

            Thank you for all your help and feedback regarding changes to the voting
            process for our upcoming elections. We have read all your responses, and
            based on that feedback, have developed a plan for online balloting for
            our At-Large seats.

            The regional caucuses, where Regional Representatives and Alternates
            will be nominated (for those regions with expiring terms this year), as
            well as At-Large Board candidates, will be taking place during the month
            of May and in early June. Your Regional Representatives will be
            contacting you with more details very soon.

            If you are interested in running for one of the Board's At-Large
            positions, the requirements are as follows:

            RESPONSIBILITIES:

            • To establish the mission and goals of Texas Motion Picture Alliance
            (TXMPA)

            • To determine policies for the operation of TXMPA

            • To ensure the financial stability of the organization and its
            programs; and to monitor the achievement of its goals

            SPECIFIC DUTIES:

            • Serve for the full 2 year term

            • Attend and participate in Board meetings, retreats, committees, etc.;

            • Become familiar with TXMPA’s history, activities, and programs;

            • Stay informed about TXMPA activities and participate in at least one
            committee:

            o Current committees include:

            Legislative

            Communications

            Finance

            Membership and Fundraising

            Organization

            Website

            Elections

            • Actively promote TXMPA through professional and personal connections;

            • Represent TXMPA when required;

            • Keep Board President and/or appropriate committee Chair advised of
            efforts made on behalf of TXMPA;

            • Be a member of TXMPA and make an appropriate annual financial
            contribution (organizational and/or personal)

            Our online voting will be handled by Ballot Bin (www.ballotbin.com) and
            will take place between Wednesday, June 17 and Wednesday, June 24. To be
            eligible to vote, one must be a paid voting member of TXMPA by 5PM
            Tuesday, June 16.

            As a precaution, please “whitelist” Ballot Bin by adding their e-mail
            address (notices@...) to your contact list, so that when
            voting begins, their e-mail will come directly to your inbox and not to
            your spam folder.

            The final results will be announced at our Annual Meeting at Texas State
            University in San Marcos on Saturday, June 27 (more details to come).

            Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

            As always, thank you for your time and for all your help!

            Kindest Regards,

            Nikki Young

            Texas Motion Picture Alliance, Elections Chair
          • Dan Eggleston
            TXMPA would like to thank everyone who participated in our Regional Caucuses, and a very special thanks to all the candidates who stepped up to run for the
            Message 5 of 5 , Jun 17, 2009
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              TXMPA would like to thank everyone who participated in our Regional
              Caucuses, and a very special thanks to all the candidates who stepped up
              to run for the open positions in each Region!

              Below is the list of candidates for the six (6) open At-Large positions
              on TXMPA's Board. Please take some time before voting begins to review
              this list and become familiar with the candidates. An e-mail with
              pictures of the candidates, their bios, and endorsements for these
              candidates will be placed on the TXMPA website (www.txmpa.org), and
              distributed to the general membership on Thursday, June 18; if you would
              like to have your endorsement included, please e-mail TXMPA at
              info@... no later than Wednesday, June 17.

              1) Craig Berlin

              2) Garry Potts

              3) Jeanette Scott

              4) Jeff Horny

              5) J. Schuh

              6) Justin Muller

              7) Larry Cashion

              8) Linda Alcazar Jurado

              9) Michael Druck

              10) Rick Olmos

              11) Robert Curlin

              12) Ron Bush

              13) Will Raymond

              Online voting for these positions will begin at 12:01 AM on Monday, June
              22 and will continue until 11:59 PM on Thursday, June 25. Just a
              reminder: online voting will be handled by Ballot Bin
              (www.ballotbin.com); as a precaution, please “whitelist” Ballot Bin.
              This is simply done by adding their e-mail address
              (notices@...) to your contact list, so that when voting
              begins, their e-mail will come directly to your inbox and not to your
              spam folder.

              To be eligible to vote for At-Large members, you must be a paid-up
              member of TXMPA (at the full or supporting level) by 5:00 PM, Friday,
              June 19. If you are unsure of your current membership status, please
              contact your Regional Representative for clarification [or send an
              e-mail to membership@...]. You may find more information about
              your Region, and contact information for your Regional Representative,
              at TXMPA's website.

              Results of online voting, along with the three (3) newly elected
              Regional Representatives and their respective Alternates, will be
              announced at our Statewide Annual Meeting, to be held at Texas State
              University in San Marcos on Saturday, June 27. For more information on
              the meeting, please visit our website.

              As always, thank you for all you do for the moving image industry here
              in Texas, and we'll see you on the 27th!
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