Troublemaker Studios, owned by Robert Rodriguez, is getting $200,000 from the city to establish a creative industry incubator in Austin. Director of Economic Development for the city Kevin Johns says some of the terms include bringing a major motion picture to town, intended to spur work for other local creative companies, "Our hope is that they would, then, get business on the major motion pictures that are made. Troublemaker Studios is also in the television business, so there's the potential for local businesses in those television shows, in advertising and commercials." Johns says the studios will also work with students at area colleges, and create more internship positions at Troublemaker.
Most widely recognized for their Spy Kids movies, Troublemaker Studios is based in Austin and is located at the former site of the Robert Mueller Municipal Airport. It also shares space with Austin Studios, which is managed by the Austin Film Society, and houses production offices, sound stages and the largest green screen in Texas.
The company's visual effects division, Troublemaker Digital, is also located at the site. A second facility, Troublemaker Sound, is located in the hill country outside of Austin. It provides post-production sound and editing facilities.