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October 24, 2014

Weekly Update from Film Ontario, October 24, 2014

Happy Friday!

Another busy week, and 2015 projects are starting to land!

A shout out to the Production team on television series "Suits", who hosted Minister Coteau, Ontario Minsiter of Tourism, Culture and Sport, on their location shoot this week.

The Minister was very pleased and impressed with the number of professionals required on set and behind the scenes. Everyone was so gracious, and willing to chat about their work - thanks to all.

Minister Coteau is a champion of our industry. He is keen to visit studios, sets, suppliers, so do let me know if you would be able to have him visit your business/show.

AGM - don't forget to RSVP for you and your staff/counsel/board/members: sarah@filmontario.ca to attend our 2014 Annual General Meeting, set for Wednesday, November 5th at the Park Hyatt Toronto.

Members only Business meeting is from 5:30 - 6:30pm, with Guest Speaker and cocktails to follow, until 8pm.  Our Guest Speaker is the Honourable Charles Sousa, Ontario Minister of Finance.

Come out to hear his thoughts on our industry!

Please share this with your staff/members; we are looking forward to seeing you all there!

Wishing you a lovely weekend,

Sarah Ker-Hornell
CEO & Executive Director

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Weekly Update from Kelly Graham-Scherer, Los Angeles Representative

Happy Friday everyone,

All of the L.A.-based trades regularly cover FilmLA's quarterly updates on local production and the latest was no exception. As detailed in the Los Angeles Times below, the permitting and lobbying agency's latest report shows that TV shoots on city and county streets jumped 31% in the period compared with the same time a year ago, marking the second consecutive quarter of growth in the television market and underscoring L.A.'s growing reliance on TV as features have migrated to other states and countries.
http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/envelope/cotown/la-et-ct-onlocation-los-angeles-tv-shoots-20141022-story.html

In a related story the Los Angeles Times this week devoted front page real estate to a look at what other jurisdictions are offering in order to woo production business. As reported below, "States are willing to do just about anything to get [film] dollars in their locale."
http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/envelope/cotown/la-fi-ct-film-tax-credits-20141020-story.html#page=1

The future of production in North Carolina - a leading jurisdiction in years past - is now in jeopardy as the state's film tax credits were recently scrapped and replaced with a grant program. As detailed in the Greenfield Reporter below, though NBC's Under The Dome has committed to return for a third season, industry advocates say not many other movies or TV shows are likely to follow.
http://www.greenfieldreporter.com/view/story/a93435ea6f734024a88992c4b1aeb545/NC--Film-Incentives

The Hollywood Reporter had an interesting dispatch from this week's Visual Effects Society Production Summit here in LA. As detailed below. a panel discussion looked at how new technology is changing work flows.
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/behind-screen/ves-summit-department-heads-should-741910

Finally this week, Forbes took a really interesting look at Disney flop John Carter - a movie that cost $307 million to make and received $42.9 million in tax credits from the U.K.
http://www.forbes.com/sites/csylt/2014/10/22/revealed-the-307-million-cost-of-disneys-john-carter/


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