Aloha! Relativity in Talks to Help Build Maui Studio

Ryan Kavanaugh has been advising local politicians about ways to make the Hawaiian island more film industry friendly

Might a Hawaiian studio be the next acquisition for rapidly expanding Relativity Media?

CEO Ryan Kavanaugh is in talks with the mayor of Maui about ways to bring more Hollywood productions to the beautiful island.

Mayor Alan Arakawa and the Relativity Media CEO and founder have had numerous meetings while about the possibility of building a studio and making Maui County a major production hub, the mayor's office announced Friday.

Among the issues they have been discussing are the development of a film tax incentive structure, similar to the ones that have brought Hollywood productions to states such as Michigan and Louisiana.

“As one of the most beautiful places in the world, our goal is to help make Maui competitive with many of the other states and cities where our industry shoots hundreds of films," Kavanaugh said in a statement.

"We want to help build an actual studio infrastructure, like we have built in many cities, along with developing proper tax incentives, and a training/deeming program for residents so that they can work in the industry," he added.