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Donald Trump aims to build a major film and TV studio in Florida

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June 07, 2012|By Richard Verrier
  • Donald Trump attends the "Celebrity Apprentice" live finale at American Museum of Natural History on May 20, 2012, in New York City.
Donald Trump attends the "Celebrity Apprentice" live finale… (Brad Barket / Getty Images )

Reality TV star and billionaire developer Donald Trump is looking to buttress his show business credentials by building a film and television studio in Florida.

Trump wants to develop a giant production facility in south Miami-Dade County on 800 acres near the Homestead Air Reserve Base.

Dubbed Trump Studio City, the complex would be twice as large as Universal Studios in Orlando and employ thousands, Michael Cohen, Trump's legal counsel, told county commissioners in a meeting Tuesday.

The project would include several production stages from 20,000 to 250,000 square feet with several plazas and a promenade, Cohen said.

The commissioners voted unanimously to give the county attorney 90 days to study the proposal, according to a story in the Miami Herald.

Before working on the reality TV hit "The Apprentice," Trump built his career developing luxury office towers, hotels and casinos.

While not a hotbed for film production, Florida does offer a 20% tax credit to filmmakers and is drawing more interest from Hollywood. Digital Domain, which has large visual effects operation in Venice, is building a visual effects studio in West Palm Beach and has opened an animation studio in Orlando.

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