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'Call it Iowa's Field of Nightmares'

January 19, 2011

The LA Times updates Hollywood on those rubes in Iowa:

The Iowa debacle goes well beyond that of a bribery scandal in Louisiana in which a former top film office official was given a two-year prison sentence in 2009 for steering tax credits to a local producer.

Iowa rapidly expanded its film credit program in 2007, developing one of the most aggressive tax incentives in the country, one that was touted by the local film office as "half-priced" filmmaking. Producers of more than 150 projects applied for funding.

Buy them a Benz and they will come!

In related news, Tom Wheeler and three others named in the updated film indictments issued Friday entered non-guilty pleas yesterday.

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