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May 22, 2015

Weekly Update from Film Ontario, May 22, 2015

Folks,

We haven't stopped - we have continued working daily with the government, and all parties, to encourage a positive resolution for an amendment to at least grandfather projects that were sufficiently advanced as of Budget day, April 23, 2015, and to untether OCASE from OFTTC or OPSTC.

FilmOntario appeared before the FInance and Economic Affairs Committee on Wednesday, to put forward your position. Board members joining me were John Weber, Scott Garvie and Monty Montgomerie.

A shout out to all who were selected and made the trek to Queens Park to appear on the record and answer MPP questions - well done! As MPP Arthur Potts noted, our industry was well represented.

We hope to see a request for amendment come from the Finance and Economic Affairs Commmittee, which is a necessary step! Clause-by-clause amendments will happen on May 28th and June 1, and it will come back to the house for third reading before the summer break starts on June 4.

We thank you for continuing to connect with your MPPs, through letters and meetings!

We also continue to discourage any public/press activity, as it could derail ongoing discussions, which currently, appear positive.

We remain cautiously optimistic, and look forward to next week!

Take care,
Sarah

Sarah Ker-Hornell
CEO & Executive Director

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Weekly Update from Kelly Graham-Scherer, Los Angeles Representative


Happy Friday!

It's been a relatively quiet week here in Los Angeles leading up to the big Memorial Day weekend, but the first round of applications to California's new incentives program still generated headlines. As reported in Variety below, applications came in from 31 new TV projects and six current TV series seeking to relocate to the Golden State.
http://variety.com/2015/tv/news/californias-expanded-production-tax-credit-draws-37-tv-applicants-2-1201500239/

The Louisiana legislature passed a package of 11 tax bills this week, the most controversial of which affects that state's film and television incentives. As reported in the New Orleans Advocate below, the bill will cap Louisiana’s film tax credit at $200 million per year and $30 million per project.
http://www.theneworleansadvocate.com/news/12406299-123/louisiana-senate-committee-hears-house-passed

After voting to end its scaled-down film incentives program last October, the state of Michigan is getting back in the game. As reported this week in the Detroit Free Press, $32.7 million in incentives has been approved and will be available for use almost immediately.
http://www.freep.com/story/entertainment/movies/2015/05/20/michigans-film-incentives-program-slates-million-state-projects/27646613/

Using the new caps in Louisiana as a jumping off point, the Huffington Post this week took an overarching look at what's happening in the world of film and television tax incentives. As reported below, the current trend in several states seems to be towards reducing or ending incentives programs.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/05/18/states-film-tax-credits_n_7306342.html

Screen-based stakeholders in British Columbia are currently enjoying boom times.As reported in the Globe and Mail below, an estimated 20,000 workers in B.C. – most on sets – have been riding a wave that seemed unthinkable in 2013 when provincial government support for the industry became a major issue in the B.C. election.
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/british-columbia/bc-film/article24462867/

Finally this week, things have indeed been quiet locally but there are lots of interesting stories coming out of Cannes where the world famous film festival is currently underway. The L.A. Times has a must-read piece on how the most traditional of markets is starting to be infiltrated by digital upstarts like Amazon and Netflix, which Tuesday announced its first major original-film buy at Cannes.
http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/envelope/cotown/la-et-ct-cannes-film-festival-digital-movies-20150520-story.html#page=1

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