Pontiac movie studio not just idea anymore

Linden Nelson, A. Alfred Taubman, John Rakolta and others from Raleigh Studios will break ground Tuesday on an $80-million movie studio at a former Pontiac truck plant.

Two years after Gov. Jennifer Granholm and state leaders introduced the nation’s most lucrative film incentives, Raleigh Michigan Studios is among the first to have brick and mortar results.

The involvement in the project of Raleigh and William Morris Endeavor Entertainment — which have extensive television experience — has led to optimism that Michigan could attract more TV projects.

“They are stamps of credibility,” said Chris Baum, head of Film Detroit,
which markets the region for production work. “We think this will be a
positive step to make us a legitimate film center.”

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