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November 7, 2013

November 7th 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 7, 2013
from Kelly Graham-Scherer, Los Angeles Representative - torontoontariofilm@gmail.com

Happy Thursday everyone,  

My report is both early and abbreviated this week as I will be fully occupied by American Film Market activities tomorrow. Several dozen Ontario producers will be visiting L.A. for the AFM and I look forward to connecting with several of them.

In Washington this week politicians came together to discourage filming outside the U.S. As reported in the Los Angeles Times below, L.A.-based congressman Tony Cardenas joined more than 50 other representatives from both parties who sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Interior and Department of Agriculture, asking them not to approve a plan that would double filming fees on public lands. http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/envelope/cotown/la-et-ct-cardenas-protest-film-permit-fees-20131101,0,2121699.story#axzz2juHKnGtl

A bill to expand film and television tax credits in New York has been sent to that state's governor for final approval. As reported in the Daily Gazette below, the expansion would make New York's incentives program available in 14 counties that were previously ineligible. http://www.dailygazette.com/weblogs/capital-region-scene/2013/nov/01/expansion-film-tax-credit-sent-governor/

Last week I presented an article detailing how Netflix exec Ted Sarandos has been ruffling feathers in Hollywood with his bold musings about the future of film distribution. This week, as reported in Home Media Magazine, Sarandos has called for calm, insisting he didn’t really mean to imply that offering new-release movies at the same time with theatrical was the only strategy to take. http://www.homemediamagazine.com/netflix/ted-sarandos-backpedals-day-and-date-movies-31798?utm_source=hm_daily&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=hm_daily_11_06_2013&utm_content=ted-sarandos-backpedals-day-and-date-movies-31798&spMailingID=18072046&spUserID=NDQ1MzAzOTUyMjAS1&spJobID=236453816&spReportId=MjM2NDUzODE2S0

An finally this week, Variety ran an odd little piece about the state of the screen-based industries in Vancouver. As reported below, business was thriving in British Columbia, then dropped off, and now seems to have stabilized. http://variety.com/2013/biz/news/save-bc-film-vancouver-lobby-helps-local-biz-1200799390/

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Warmest regards,

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

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