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Press Release - Melissa Kuipers

"The last 2 years have showcased an exciting expansion of opportunities for Colorado's creative community, particularly in the realm of film, television and video game production.  Through the incredibly effective outreach of the industry, in particular the CFVA, we have been able to showcase the creative talent Colorado has to offer in a way that shows elected officials just how critical the creative industries are for our state and its annual tax revenue collection.  During 2012, we worked with the legislature and Governor to increase the available production rebate from 10% to 20% and created a first-of-its-kind loan guarantee program for film, television, and video production.  Since CINEMA day 2012 when the chambers of the House of Representatives were filled with the cheers and applause of CFVA in recognition of industry day at the Capitol, the landscape has changed in an incredibly positive way.  Colorado's incentive program now enjoys a return on investment of $9 for every $1 it allocates to the rebate program and production has skyrocketed across all genres from commercials to local feature films to Hollywood blockbusters.  As we look toward continuing program funding for 2014, we will again seek the support and enthusiasm of the industry to remind the Colorado General Assembly of the positive impact that film, television and video game production has on tourism, economic development, and the positive brand that Colorado enjoys on a global stage."


Melissa Kuipers
Attorney and Police Advisor
Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schrek