The Dominican Republic has moved its California consulate to Glendale to be closer to movie studios and maybe get a bigger slice of the film-industry pie. It's also created a film commission and tax incentives to attract production companies.
The consulate had a grand-opening celebration Saturday with executives from Disney, NBC Universal, Legendary Films and Cartoon Network on the guest list, said Ron Lizardo, vice-consul.
Rafael Alburquerque, vice president of the Dominican Republic, also attended. He said film production work will give his country a significant economic boost, which is why congressional leaders in the Dominican Republic recently passed tax incentive legislation.
Producers will receive a 25% tax break on all budget items purchased in the Dominican Republic once they spend $500,000.
“We are linking the studios that are already here in L.A. and the film industry we are building in the Dominican Republic,” Alburquerque said through a translator.
Infrastructure needed for film work has been constructed in the Dominican Republic during the past few years, Lizardo said, including two sound stages and a huge water tank used for filming scenes requiring large amounts of water.