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January 16, 2015

Weekly Update from Film Ontario, January 16, 2015

Our FilmOntario Marketing event in LA on January 12th was a terrific success! 34 LA executives (thank you Kelly!!) joined 22 FilmOntario Member companies and unions/guilds, and our guests the Ontario and Toronto Film Commissioners (Donna Z and Zaib S), in a double box at the Staples Centre for the Leafs/Kings game. Fun and business!  The Leafs chose to be gracious, losing the game...

A reminder to complete our FilmOntario members survey on youth employment (under 30). Your participation would be greatly appreciated! If you missed the email, you should be able to access it here.

Sarah Ker-Hornell
CEO & Executive Director

Weekly Update from Kelly Graham-Scherer, Los Angeles Representative

Industry media was full of stories and analyses this week on the 2014 Annual Production Report released by film permitting and advocacy group FilmLA. As reported in the Los Angeles Times below, location shooting on the streets of L.A. was up ten per cent over last year, thanks in part to a crop of new dramas and reality TV shows, along with a surge in commercial shoots.

The Hollywood Reporter's coverage of FilmLA's report focused a bit more on the negative aspects of the numbers: as seen below, it chose to headline the 3.2 percent decrease in total feature production in 2014, which resulted in 4,535 days of location work compared with 4,687 in 2013.

The dominance of Netflix and Amazon at the Golden Globes awards on Sunday was just another example of how digital programming is moving increasingly into the mainstream. The L.A. Times this week looked at how the industry's warm embrace of subscription video services,is being driven by several factors: technology, money, creative freedom and critical acclaim.

A study released at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas last Thursday would argue that digital distributors are already firmly established in the mainstream: as reported in Stream Daily below, the study reveals that millennial respondents (aged 13 to 34) said they consider their Netflix subscription to be more valuable than broadcast TV.

And finally this week, Forbes had kudos for the OMDC's Interactive Digital Media Fund, noting in the article below that it has "helped a thriving community of small studios and game developers in Toronto build sustainable businesses for themselves without needing to disappear into triple-A game development".

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