JOBS IN FILM - ALABAMA AND ACROSS THE NATION
The US Bureau of Labor reports wage and salary employment in the motion picture and video industries is projected to grow 14 percent between 2008 and 2018, compared with 11 percent growth projected for wage and salary employment in all industries combined.
The Motion Picture Association of America reports thousands of direct jobs and millions of dollars in wages in Alabama, including both production and distribution-related jobs."
The United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics gives these projections for the job market in film and video production:
- There are roughly 361,900 jobs in the motion picture and video industries.
- Employment in film and video industries is projected to grow 14% through 2018, nearly 50% more than the growth expected for other industries.
- Multi-media artists and animators have excellent job prospects. Those professions are slated for 29% growth through 2018.
Alabama has recently passed very attractive tax incentives to bring more film production to the state. Alabama’s incentives include a refundable tax credit/rebate of 25%, if the in-state spending ranges from $500,000 to $10 million. Productions covered include film, TV, videos, interactive games, and digital media. There is a 35% rebate for wages paid to Alabama residents. The rebates are capped at $10 million awarded each fiscal year. In September of 2011, the Alabama Film Office announced that a national entertainment payroll and production services company that deals exclusively with the television and motion picture industry will be opening an office in the state. Entertainment Partners has been a leader in providing services to the motion picture industry for more than 30 years, said tourism director Lee Sentell, who oversees the film office. Company official Marco Cordova said, “Our decision to open a new office was based primarily on several productions planning to shoot in Alabama within the next six months and the competitive film incentives available for Alabama motion pictures.” The employee-owned California firm locates incentive offices in the states with the most robust filming activity, Sentell said.
AIDT, Alabama’s resource for workforce development, has launched a new training program called EMPACT (Entertainment Media Production and Crew Training) to bolster the infrastructure supporting film crews in the state. The Alabama Film Office website currently has postings for job openings for EMPACT instructors in all areas of film production. The number of film projects shot in Alabama has increased over the last few years with improvements in incentives and infrastructure. In 2009, 4 major film projects were filmed in the state, increasing to 7 in 2010.