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September 5, 2014

Weekly Update from Film Ontario, September 5, 2014

Happy Friday!

Our FilmOntario Mayoralty candidate event on Wednesday was a success - despite an unfortunate candidate gatecrasher. Happily, our intrepid moderator, Jonathan Barker, saved the day!

Huge thanks to Pinewood, SIRT, Mediaco, Beth Sulman (PR), and the volunteers from Take 5, DGC, Mr X, SK Films, and Actra.

TIFF has begun with a bang - so many events!! See you there!

Sarah Ker-Hornell
CEO & Executive Director

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Weekly Update from Kelly Graham-Scherer, Los Angeles Representative

Happy Friday everyone,

As was widely expected after Governor Jerry Brown signed off on the legislation last week, California's expanded tax credits were passed last Friday in a 32-2 vote in the State Senate. As detailed in Variety below, for nearly a year backers of the bill have framed the $330 million annual outlay as an opportunity to create and maintain middle-class jobs.
http://variety.com/2014/film/news/california-senate-approves-movie-tv-tax-credit-1201294311/

Will expanded California tax credits keep production in the state? That was the question posed in a prominent front page story in the Los Angeles Times Sunday edition this week. The exhaustive feature below uses charts and graphs to examine what has happened to the state's production industry in the past decade and to predict what happens next.
http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/envelope/cotown/la-et-ct-fi-film-tax-credits-20140831-story.html#page=1

The Motion Picture Association of America found itself responding to a little bit of controversy this week after the L.A. Times reported that Hollywood’s most prominent lobbying organization invited film commissioners around the country to attend “an important industry discussion.” As reported below, an e-mail from the MPAA to film commissioners around the globe said “We will discuss how to better partner to garner additional legislative and other political support for your jurisdiction’s production incentive program".
http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/envelope/cotown/la-et-ct-summit-mpaa-20140902-story.html

Variety this week weighed in on the sunset of North Carolina's film and television tax credits. The columnist in the story below expresses the opinion that Georgia and Louisiana stand to gain the most from North Carolina's loss.
http://variety.com/2014/artisans/production/north-carolina-tax-credits-going-away-1201296247/

With summer finally wrapping up, many media outlets took a look at 2014's summer box office and the news was not good. As detailed in the Los Angeles Times below, the movie industry suffered its worst May-to-Labor Day season since 1997; after adjusting for inflation, U.S. ticket sales dropped 15% compared with last summer.
http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/envelope/cotown/la-et-ct-fi-summer-box-office-20140902-story.html

And finally this week, the Globe and Mail recently ran a lengthy feature on Toronto's adopted son, filmmaker Guillermo del Toro. The story below takes an in-depth look at how Ontario's tax credits compare to that of its closest Canadian competitors and how they lured del Toro to a city which he has grown to love.
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/rob-magazine/monster-king-guillermo-del-toro-is-remaking-canadas-film-scene/article20193593/

Before I sign off this week I wanted to bring to everyone's attention a challenge issued by award-winning Ontario makeup artist and Actors Fund of Canada Board Member Donald Mowat. Donald, who  was profiled in the most recent Actors Fund Newsletter, is asking colleagues across the industry, to join him in raising money and awareness about the excellent work the Fund does.

You can read all the details here: http://www.actorsfund.ca/archives/4872

Thank you Donald - your artistry and your advocacy for others in the industry is an inspiration.


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