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May 8, 2015

Weekly Update from Film Ontario, May 8, 2015

Folks,

As you know from our email updates this week, we have continued our round of technical meetings (officials) and policy discussions (Ministers) with the government, regarding the urgent need to grandfather existing projects. We are working with them daily.

As the Opposition parties had already been posing questions in the House, we very recently had meetings with both Opposition teams to ensure the clarity of our concern - the grandfathering of existing projects.

We remain cautiously optimistic, and will have more information for you next week.

And the Bulletin for the OIDMTC changes is now posted. FilmOntario participated in this review process. You can see it here.

Take care,
Sarah

Sarah Ker-Hornell
CEO & Executive Director

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Weekly Update from Kelly Graham-Scherer, Los Angeles Representative

The recent cuts to Ontario's film and television tax credits made the news in Los Angeles this week. The Hollywood Reporter reports on potential consequences below.
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/toronto-tax-credits-take-a-793709

The mayor of Baton Rogue, Louisiana threw his support behind that state's film and television tax credits this week. As detailed in the New Orleans Times Picayune below, lawmakers in that state are currently debating how to rein in the incentive program's expenses. 
http://www.nola.com/entertainment/baton-rouge/index.ssf/2015/05/film_tax_credits_kip_holden.html#incart_river

The debate over film incentives may be raging in some jurisdictions, but in others industry supporters are convinced of their positive economic impact. As reported in the Los Angeles Times below, the African nation of Kenya introduced an incentives program this week and hopes to take a bite out of the success South Africa currently enjoys.
http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/envelope/cotown/la-et-ct-on-location-kenya-hollywood-20150507-story.html

Production tax incentives in Manitoba will be stable for the foreseeable future. As detailed in the Winnipeg Free Press below, the province is expecting another busy year as the Manitoba Film and Video Tax Credit and the Manitoba Interactive Digital Media Tax Credit have been extended to Dec. 31, 2019.
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/arts-and-life/entertainment/movies/Extended-tax-credit-could-draw-more-movie-productions-to-Manitoba-302216271.html

The UK looks set to continue as a world leader in film production. As reported in Variety below, in addition to a generous service tax credit that has lured American productions across the pond in record numbers, Lionsgate U.K. has unveiled plans to finance and co-invest in at least 25 British independent films over the next four years.
http://variety.com/2015/film/global/lionsgate-u-k-to-finance-co-invest-in-up-to-25-british-independent-films-in-four-years-1201487448/

Finally this week, there's a good chance that last Saturday night you were one of the millions of people who watched either the new Avengers movie or the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight (I watched the fight). The Los Angeles Times took an interesting look at how the events are related, and how the success of the pay-for-view boxing match proved that people will pay premium prices and use social media to enjoy a communal viewing experience from the comfort of their couch.
http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/movies/moviesnow/la-et-mn-avengers-box-office-pacquiao-mayweather-fight-pay-per-view-20150504-story.html#page=1

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