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Lawmakers examine ways to lure more film productions

The success of movies like “The Descendants” and “Pirates of the Caribbean” and TV shows “Lost” and “Hawaii 5-0” have state lawmakers looking at ways to draw more productions to Hawaii.

The goal is to find the right combination of incentives and support to grow what some lawmakers hope can become a billion dollar industry in Hawaii.

“I don’t think we’re doing enough,” said Sen. Pohai Ryan, D-Lanikai-Waimanalo. “I think it’s a major industry. I think it could be bigger than tourism.”

Ryan spoke at a Senate Ways and Means Committee hearing Monday, where members discussed a multifaceted bill intended to draw more film, television and digital media production to Hawaii.

A significant difference between Senate Bill 2111 and existing motion picture tax credits is a new emphasis on job creation.

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