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...right now seven feature length films are being shot in the bay state. But if a former movie executive has his way, there could be even more. We're looking at building a major world-class soundstage system that will be parallel to none. That state of the art 300 million soundstage would be built on a thousand acre site near Plymouth. And says David Kirkpatrick, the former president of paramount pictures, plymouth rock studios would hire workers year-round creating a permanent film industry in Mass. One is you need tax incentives. The second thing you need is an infrastructure with major workforce, and thirdly you need sound stages. But Kirkpatrick isn't the only one who wants to build a studio here. The ISG group is looking to buy 30 acres and invest about $300 million. The LA-based International Studio Group wants to build a movie complex on the former naval air base in South Weymouth. The effort has the support of one lawmaker who thinks the South Weymouth project is more likely to succeed than the plymouth studio. First of all, they are trying to buy a thousand acres in Plymouth. And the ISG group is going to do basically the same plan on 30 acres. While Kirkpatrick is not looking for a tax break, backers of the South Weymouth project are. 20% off a $300 million investment, which Massachusetts State Representative Ron Mariano says would be worth it in the long run. Each soundstage t would generate roughly about 150 jobs when it is full...

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