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November 1, 2013

November 1st News Report from your Los Angeles Representative

TORONTO ONTARIO film office - A partnership of the Ontario Media Development Corporation, City of Toronto and FilmOntario.
WEEKLY UPDATE November 1, 2013
from Kelly Graham-Scherer, Los Angeles Representative -

Happy Friday everyone,

After weeks of forward momentum, the efforts to expand California's film and television tax credits may have hit a snag this week with news that the FBI is investigating the actions of Senator Ronald Calderon, who last year sponsored the bill that extended California’s $100 million program until 2015. As detailed in the L.A. Times below, industry stakeholders are fearful that allegations Calderon accepted $60,000 in bribes from an undercover FBI agent posing as the owner of an independent film studio could delay or derail new efforts to expand the state's film tax credit program.,0,157155.story#axzz2jQ5MwQ4p

Film and television industry stakeholders in New Jersey are also fearful about the future of the business in that state. As reported in The Daily Journal below, New Jersey's production tax credits program is scheduled to sunset in June of 2015.

Business in other regions is thriving, however. Variety this week had an in-depth article detailing the successful efforts of Caribbean nations to attract film business and the formation of a new association representing the film commissions of at least nine nations in that region.

It seems that every week brings a new accolade for Netflix. But as the Los Angeles Times reports below, not everyone is thrilled with the changes the upstart on-line network has forced on the industry or its chief content officer Ted Sarandos, who this week declared that consumers should decide where they want to see a new movie. “Why not premiere movies on Netflix the same day they’re opening in theaters?” he asked.,0,323778.story#axzz2jEu7gP8d

And finally this week, the much-anticipated feature Ender's Game will premiere this weekend and its box-office performance will be carefully scrutinized not just because it is thought to be among the most expensive independent films ever produced. As detailed in the L.A. Times below, in a highly unusual move, the pioneering VFX company Digital Domain invested about $17 million in cash to produce it.,0,5541398.story#axzz2jEu7gP8d

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Warmest regards,

Kelly Graham-Scherer
Los Angeles Representative
Toronto/ Ontario Film Office

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