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July 4, 2014

Weekly Update from Film Ontario, July 4, 2014

Yesterday was the Ontario Legislature's Speech from the Throne. The Premier's Office invited me to attend. It was lovely to see the House full once again, and to connect with old and new MPP friends. There were, happily, no surprises; strong commitment to jobs and the economy, and a Jobs & Prosperity Fund that targets key industries, including ours! You can read the Speech here.

Budget day will be July 14th, 2014.

The TFWP file continues to be difficult; if you have a stalled application, I urge you to contact both Warren Ross at the CMPA, and Janice Reid Johnston at the OMDC for assistance, and to help track the problems.

Wishing you a lovely weekend!

Sarah Ker-Hornell
CEO & Executive Director

Weekly Update from Kelly  Graham-Scherer, Los Angeles Representative

Happy Friday everyone,

I'm sending this out a little early this week so I can enjoy the Independence Day holiday here in the U.S. - I was thinking fondly of home on Tuesday and I hope you all had a wonderful Canada Day.

The California Film Commission this week confirmed which 26 projects - of 497 submissions - were selected to receive this year's $100 million allotment in tax credits. As detailed in the Los Angeles Times below the projects benefiting this year include 13 television series, 11 films and two made-for-TV movies.

The lobby effort behind a proposed bill to expand California's tax credits continues: as detailed in Variety below, actor Danny Devito was just one marque name promoting the industry at last weekend's California Locations Conference. “California is where we taught the world to do this," Devito said in his keynote address. "What’s important is that it’s not just the film business, it’s the people working in the business.”

China's influence and impact on Hollywood is likely to continue as its box office numbers continue to grow. As detailed in the L.A. Times below, China’s box office grew more than 22% in the first half of 2014, to $2.2 billion, and U.S. titles helped imported films grab more than half of all ticket sales in the world’s second-biggest movie market.

Stories from last week's VidCon conference in Anaheim continued to dominate the trades this week. I found the article from the Times below especially interesting: it examines the issues YouTube stars face as they consider a transition into the television industry and long-form content.

And finally this week, the recent boffo debut of Transformers: Age of Extinction has a lot of people talking about its spectacular visual effects. Gizmodo this week featured an in-depth interview with VFX supervisor Scott Farrar.

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