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Pat McMahon

Action elsewhere!

On Thursday, a rally and luncheon is planned on the grounds of the state Capitol, designed to attract business to Arizona.

Not just any business, but an industry that is glamorous, environmentally-friendly and has a history of leaving millions of dollars behind when it leaves a state. I'm talking about the film industry -- the business that is constantly looking for new places as backgrounds for its stories and commercials.

Just yesterday, a report came out of Los Angeles that producers of feature films and television programs are increasingly seeking locations outside of California. Many of you may have thought, because of the past, that Arizona was still a major player in the movie business. In fact, the state film office no longer exists.

How is that possible for a state that borders California, has the best climate for shooting films, unlimited talent and is a right-to-work state -- potentially saving a fortune for a production company?

Currently 45 states and Puerto Rico offer incentives to filmmakers; Arizona is among the least generous.

Vancouver, British Columbia Is the new Hollywood, while Arizona is just sleeping through the main feature.

I'm Pat McMahon.

About the Author

He's done it all -- and keeps doing it. His career in local Arizona radio and television dates back the late 60s. Pat always stimulates with his thought provoking, opinionated, and entertaining commentaries on the Arizona Morning News while hosting award-winning talkshows like "The McMahon Group" and "The God Show."

"The McMahon Group" features an unpredictable all-star panel where three people from the community get together and give their thoughts on the news of the week. He also hosts "The God Show" on Sunday's where he talks about all aspects of spirituality.

Pat is also well known outside of radio because of his multifaceted career as an actor, producer, recording artist, writer, broadcaster, and one-third of the legendary comedy team that was on TV for 35 years in Arizona, "The Wallace and Ladmo Show."

Through the many experiences of his professional life, Pat has been richly rewarded with 7 Emmys, major national and international radio awards as well as numerous civic, educational, religious and humanitarian awards. Pat was also a recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from Ottawa University, the Arizona Broadcasters Lifetime achievement Award, and has his bronze likeness hanging in the rotunda of the Herberger Theater in recognition of his contributions to Communications & The Arts.


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