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June 29, 2015

Weekly Update from Film Ontario, June 26, 2015

Weekly Update from Kelly Graham-Scherer, Los Angeles Representative

Happy Friday everyone, 

It has been a tumultuous last few weeks in Louisiana where on June 11th legislators passed a bill that introduced restrictions - including a $180 million cap - on the state's production incentives program. Immediately afterwards there were calls for Governor (and newly-declared Presidential candidate) Bobby Jindal to veto the legislation, but he declined to do so and signed the changes into law last Friday.

This week in Louisiana there was much consternation from the local industry about the effect the changes would have, and a Gubernatorial candidate even said he had word that ABC-Disney was pulling up stakes in the state. In a New Orleans Times Picayune report below, that assertion is contradicted by a rival candidate, but there's no question that Louisiana's film and television industry has landed a starring role in the state's race for Governor.
http://www.nola.com/politics/index.ssf/2015/06/david_vitter_film_tax_credits.html

In an announcement that surprised no one, HBO officially confirmed this week that it will be moving the fifth season of its hit series Veep from Baltimore to Los Angeles. As detailed in Deadline below, the decision was made after Veep was awarded $6.5 million in California tax credits earlier this month in the first phase of the new $330 million program.
http://deadline.com/2015/06/veep-leaves-maryland-california-tax-credits-hbo-1201450302/

A bill to end the film and TV tax credit program in Alaska was signed into law June 15th. As reported in the Alaska Journal below, the program had been scheduled to expire in 2018 but falling oil prices have exacerbated Alaska’s budget deficit.
http://www.alaskajournal.com/Alaska-Journal-of-Commerce/June-Issue-3-2015/Alaska-film-tax-credit-program-coming-to-an-end/

A hotline to allow crew members to report suspected on-the-job safety violations has been established by the I.A.T.S.E. As reported in the Los Angeles Times below, union members requested it in response to an accident last year that claimed the life of camera assistant Sarah Jones while working on the movie Midnight Rider.
http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/envelope/cotown/la-et-ct-iatse-hotline-20150622-story.html

Stories about falling box office revenues have become commonplace, however it looks as though figure from this month are changing the narrative. The Los Angeles Times reports below that blockbusters Ted 2, Inside Out and Jurassic World could put June within range of being the biggest month ever at the box office.
http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/envelope/cotown/la-et-ct-projector-box-office-ted-2-jurassic-world-20150625-story.html

Finally this week, the CBC reports that the film and TV business is booming in Ontario's north. As detailed below, crew shortages are creating opportunities for people of all backgrounds.
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/sudbury/sudbury-film-industry-needs-northern-workers-stat-1.3123122


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