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Lifton Institute for Media Skills
WHO: Unity Studios owners and operators, including Hollywood film industry executive Jimmy Lifton, Allen Park Mayor Gary Burtka and the Southeast Michigan Community Alliance (SEMCA), a Michigan Works! agency.
WHAT: Lifton Institute for Media Skills Information Forum, open by invitation to people who are interested in finding out more about the job training that will be available at the training school that will operate on site at Unity Studios
ALLEN PARK, Mich.- Allen Park and Wayne County officials will announce a $146 million movie, television and new media production studio in the Allen Park on Tuesday.
The 750,000 square foot facility will be built 104 acres that is currently the site of a former Visteon research and development center and the city’s municipal complex. It will include production, post-production and production support services facilities with eight sound stages.
Preliminary details indicate the deal involves investors from Los Angeles and Michigan. It is apparently headed by a Hollywood executive with Michigan roots.
The studio is expected to up to 3,000 skilled workers while at full capacity, with most of them in unionized trades. Residents of Allen Park and laid off union workers may get the first shot at jobs at the facility.
No new taxes will be used to support the project. It is believed that it will qualify for Michigan Economic Development Authority tax incentives.
The state’s lucrative tax rebates for movie production work may have been a factor in bringing the project to the Michigan. Those incentives are worth up to 42% of qualifying production costs.