Studies in Regional Economic Development
New Horizons in Regional Science series
Edited by Charlie Karlsson, Börje Johansson and Roger R. Stough
Chapter 12: The moving media industry as a catalyst for technological change and economic development: Texas as a case study
Since the early 1990s, Texas has become a major location for feature and independent film production, television programming, commercials and video games. Though the dollar volume of media spending varies from year to year, in 2009 estimated spending in Texas by the film and video industry approached $506 million. This spending, in turn, boosted the state's total economic activity, produced substantial labor income and generated new revenues for the state and its local governments. As the moving media industry has grown and matured, Texas's supporting infrastructure has improved as well. In 2003, the University of Texas at Austin established the UT Film Institute within the College of Communications to provide students with highly specialized experience in all phases of filmmaking from pre- to post-production. Importantly, the institute incorporates the most advanced digital technology currently available into all aspects of its curriculum. The Department of Radio, Television and Film at the University of North Texas is also recognized as one of the nation's leading programs in film/digital production, documentary and media culture and industry studies. Degrees are offered at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Additionally, the state offers a variety of sound stages and sets that can be used in the production of feature films, television shows and commercials. For example, the Studios at Las Colinas in Irving include a world-class facility capable of handling any sound stage requirement.
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