"The bottom line to any producer is 'How can I save money? How can I spend less and what states are going to allow me to have some sort of rebate or tax advantage?'" explained UMKC Associate Teaching Professor Mitch Brian.
Brian is also a screenwriter, who saw a huge decrease in production when Missouri's program ended.
"Gone Girl" was the last big movie to take advantage of the state perks.
Then, in 2015, Kansas City passed incentives of its own, with up to a 10 percent cash rebate offered. It's much smaller than Georgia's program, which goes all the way up to 30 percent, but Scupham said it's still helping.
NBC's "American Ninja Warrior" has already visited twice, and Netflix hit "Queer Eye" is currently casting in Kansas City.
Local production companies like Wide Awake Films say Hulu's new series is missing out.
"We have so many resources here to film anything you could want in the actual city that the show is named after," Julia Barnett, a producer with Wide Awake, said.
Barnett pointed to the large pool of producers, photographers and even actors in Kansas City. On top of all that, the metro is also easier for crews to navigate than other major cities because of its light traffic.
Still, she agreed with Scupham that change needs to come on the state level.
"We can capture some of that work, but we need to get in the game," Scupham said.
The KC Film Office isn't giving up on "Kansas City" yet. Scupham already invited the makers of the new series to visit the actual city.