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Sony Pictures pitches for film tax credits

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - Representatives of Sony Pictures say the planned filming of "Mall Cop: Blart 2" would highlight Las Vegas and jump start Nevada's film industry.
 
Executives with the company made their pitch Monday in a hearing before the Governor's Office of Economic Development for film tax credits.
 
A decision will be made at a later date on whether to grant Sony $4.2 million in tax credits -- the first to be sought under law passed by the 2013 Legislature.
 
The company in its application says the production would film from April through June and create more than 3,400 temporary jobs with a payroll of $7 million in Nevada.
 
It also anticipates $8.7 million being paid to Nevada vendors.
 
Total budget for the comedy starring Kevin James is pegged at $46 million.