And the difference between Maryland pols and … gangsters is?Maryland House zings 'House of Cards' over tax break threat
That’s right! NOTHING!
Responding to a threat that the "House of Cards" television series may leave Maryland if it doesn't get more tax credits, the House of Delegates adopted budget language Thursday requiring the state to seize the production company's property if it stops filming in the state.So, basically, the TV show has to continue to film in Maryland or they lose all of their property. I hope it's a good show and doesn't get canceled. I hope Hollywood is paying very close attention here, because this really ought to be a one-time deal - you know, fool me once, shame on you. If there is ever another TV or movie shot in Maryland, they deserve everything that's coming to them.
Media Rights Capital, the Beverly Hills, Calif., company producing the popular Netflix show, wrote Gov. Martin O'Malley that it was putting off work on its third season until it could be assured that sufficient tax credits would be approved. If those weren't forthcoming, it said it would break down its film stage and move it to another state.
Take notice, too. The tax incentives and credits were offered to the studio specifically in order to get the production to take place in Maryland rather than on a sound stage in LA made to look like Maryland. There are many reasons to bring a Hollywood production to your area: local artisans and businesses see a sharp uptick in business, tourism flourishes as people flock to see the area where "Hollywood Show X" is based, your city/state's cred rises for other ventures. There's a lot of reasons to want to pull a production company to your area.
Which is why it's rather puzzling for the Maryland House to play this kind of hardball. The folks that run and bankroll Hollywood aren't stupid; they're watching this battle intensely and are taking notes. I suspect it will be a *very* long time before *any* company does any sort of business with Maryland after this disgusting display of wanton thuggery.
In fact, I don't think it's fair to compare the Maryland House to gangsters, because it's unfair to the mobsters...
That is all.