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December 12, 2014

Weekly Update from Film Ontario, December 12, 2014

Happy snow season!

Reminder: please include your company in the Interactive Ontario project, mapping the digital economy. Here's the link.

Looking forward to seeing many of you at our LA marketing event in January! Go Leafs!

All the best,

Sarah Ker-Hornell
CEO & Executive Director


Weekly Update from Kelly Graham-Scherer, Los Angeles Representative

Ferocious rain has been raging outside for hours this morning and while extreme weather is no big deal for Ontarians, Los Angeles all but ground to a halt mid day yesterday in anticipation of the storm.

The only other storm that has grabbed major headlines in LA the last few days is the one raging over at Sony Studios which is the victim of an ongoing hacking scandal. As reported in the L.A. Times below, the release of executives' private e-mails has rocked Hollywood, lifted the veil on how industry business is conducted and put in question the future of Sony Pictures Co-Chairman Amy Pascal.

It seems the future of film and television tax incentives continues to be in question in Maryland, which hosts House of Cards and Veep for Netflix (via Media Rights Capital) and HBO, respectively. As reported this week in the Washington Post below, a Facebook page maintained by staff of the state's Governor-elect has published an editorial calling on the state to terminate industry tax credits.

Film and television incentives are also currently under review in production powerhouse Louisiana. As detailed in the New Orleans Advocate below, the panel currently charged with coming up with fixes to the state’s entertainment tax credit program is in danger of not hitting its deadline for developing reform legislation.

The Hollywood Reporter this week had an extensive interview with Syfy chief Dave Howe on what's new for the network. As detailed below, Howe says Syfy, which has done a tremendous amount of work in our jurisdiction over the past few years, is looking to reclaim  the serialized sci-fi/fantasy space in a major way, scooping up big properties with even bigger talent.

Finally this week, there is more good news from Netflix in the wake of its announcement earlier this fall that it was about to produce its first original Canadian series. As detailed in Home Media Magazine below, Netflix's Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos said this week that the company plans to become the world's largest buyer of original content and that global access and original content launches every 14 days are among its five-year goals.

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