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Tax credit debate puts future of Ohio films in jeopardy

Greater Cleveland Film Commission President Ivan Schwarz joined Jim Donovan on Thursday's edition of Donovan Live

CLEVELAND — The incentives that keep movies and television shows coming to Ohio is in real danger of disappearing. 

Ohio legislators want to dim the lights on a program aimed at luring filmmaking to the Buckeye State that offers up to 30 percent rebates for production cast and crew wages and other in-state spending.

Though the tax credit has been worth millions to blockbusters such as Marvel's "Avengers" and "Captain America" movies, critics say tax breaks should be going to Ohioans.

No one has worked harder to try to keep The Ohio Motion Picture Tax Credit in place than Ivan Schwarz, president of the Greater Cleveland Film Commission. Schwarz sat down for a one-on-one interview with Jim Donovan on Thursday's edition of Donovan Live. 

Where do things stand in the battle to keep the tax credit in place? And can Ohio compete in the motion picture and television industries without the incentives?  Find out from Ivan in the player above. 

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The Associated Press contributed to this story

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