Burn Notice actor lobbies for state film tax credits
Photo: Jeffrey Donovan, star of Burn Notice, lobbying for more film tax incentives. On the left is CFO Alex Sink and on the right is Rep. Michelle Rehwinkel Vasilinda.
The star of USA Network’s top-rated show Burn Notice, Donovan was at the Capitol to lobby for more state film incentives and to help announce the new Film, Entertainment and Television legislative caucus.
Flanked by about a dozen lawmakers, CFO Alex Sink and State Film Commissioner Lucia Fishburne on the Fourth Floor Rotunda, Donovan relayed one example of how his show pumps up
While filming an episode in the second season, the film crew befriended a flower vendor in a bad area near
“The impact locally was, for this gentleman, enormous,” Donovan said.
Fishburne said Burn Notice has paid more than $28.4 million in
Of the $10.8 million incentive budget in the current fiscal year, the TV show will receive $5.2 million.
“It has truly become an incentives game,” Fishburne said.
State Rep. Michelle Rehwinkel Vasilinda, D-Tallahassee, formed the new film industry caucus, which counts 20 lawmakers as members.
“The purpose of the caucus is to put a spotlight on the industry so we can re-gain our competitive edge,” she said.
As an aside: Donovan noted – to thunderous applause -- that he is in the process of establishing residency in
Not to piggyback on his star power, but this reporter is also in the process of establishing his residency in the
-- Lee Logan, Times/Herald Tallahassee Bureau