Raleigh Studios brings its moviemaking to Pontiac despite threats to film tax credits

The debate over Gov. Rick Snyder’s plan to cap film tax credits goes on, but a movie studio has opened in Pontiac nonetheless.

This
week Raleigh Studios Michigan, the newest division of Raleigh Studios
Worldwide, officially opened on the site of the former General Motors
truck plant and office complex at Centerpoint.

The new location
joins studios, production facilities, and other film-making locations in
Hollywood, Manhattan Beach, Calif., Playa Vista, Calif., Baton Rouge,
Atlanta, and Budapest.

Raleigh Studios
Michigan has nine sound stages totaling over 175,000 square feet, the
latest in filming equipment and technology, and 360,000 square feet of
office space on three floors, some already leased to production
companies, production service firms and other vendors. There is also a
set lighting department, on-lot cafe and “premier dressing rooms,”
according to a news release from Raleigh, which says it is the longest
continually operating movie studio in the country.

The Michigan
studio is owned by one of Michigan’s most prolific developers and
businessmen, A. Alfred Taubman, along with Linden Nelson and John
Rakolta Jr.

Supporters of Michigan’s fledgling movie industry
oppose Gov. Snyder’s $25-million cap on film tax credits and are
lobbying for a $180-million annual spending limit.

Raleigh
promotes the film incentives on its website, walking producers through
the application process and also lists more than 20 films, TV shows and
other productions currently happening in Michigan.

Source: Raleigh Studios
Writer: Kim North Shine

This article previously appeared in Metromode.