In 2007, the 81st Texas Legislature enacted House Bill 1634 establishing the Movie Image Industry Incentive Program. Under the legislation, grants to promote industry growth in Texas can be made to applicant production companies.
The incentive is available in the form of a production grant equal to 5 percent of in-state spending, including wages paid to Texas residents. Grants are available upon project completion to features, television programs, television commercials and video games. Both live action and animated projects are eligible. The maximum grant amounts available after September 1, 2007 are:
$2 million for features;
$2.5 million for television programs (for episodic series, $2.5 million per season);
$200,000 for a commercial, series of commercials or music videos; and
$250,000 for video games.
Available for review at the Texas Film Commissions website are the specific eligibility qualifications for projects including investment thresholds, employment requirements and content. Specific incentive enhancements related to underused areas are provided. Visit the website.