Thursday, June 26, 2008

Tennessee Offers $3 million in Incentives for "Hannah Montana: The Movie."

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Tennessee used more than $3 million in incentives to lure Walt Disney Pictures to the state to film "Hannah Montana: The Movie."

The Tennessean reported Sunday that state Film, Entertainment and Music Commission and its executive director, Perry Gibson, enticed Disney with the money to keep the company from taking the $28 million production about Miley Cyrus's alter-ego to Louisiana to shoot.

The Tennessean reported that it reviewed hundreds of Gibson's e-mail and text messages through a request under the state public records law.

Records also indicate that the commission forwarded potential crew resumes to Disney, some with names flagged, to show executives there was enough experienced labor in Tennessee for the company to meet the state's incentive requirements. -- WATE

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