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July 10, 2015

Weekly Update from Film Ontario, July 10, 2015

A sunny Friday!

Co-chair Jen Jonas and I were invited to join Minister Coteau this morning at his PanAm launch at the Ontario Celebration Zone, located at Harbourfront Centre, and have a tour of the different aspects of the Zone. From ziplining, to music, to a "muskoka" lounge featuring Ontario libations, it is a fun destination.

As you may have noted this week, Premier Wynne will be including LA in her economic development travel plans in November; FilmOntario will be working with her office on the planning.

Minister Coteau and Minister Duguid (Economic Development, Employment and Investment) are also exploring a visit to LA. 

We will be working on this planning as well.

Stay tuned for more info on this soon!

Take care,

Sarah Ker-Hornell
CEO & Executive Director

Weekly Update from Kelly Graham-Scherer, Los Angeles Representative 

Happy Friday everyone,

A major story on the impact of changes to Louisiana's film and television tax incentives hit the front page of the business section of the Los Angeles Times this week. In an article that surely has industry advocates there cringing, an EVP at Fox is quoted as confirming that execs are now more likely to consider production in Vancouver, Montreal and Toronto.

The Louisiana industry appears to be working hard to reassure potential clients of the jurisdiction's stability. As reported in the New Orleans Times Picayune below, the Louisiana Film and Entertainment Association is walking back its threat of a lawsuit over the changes.

Advocacy group and film permitting agency FilmLA released its annual report on television pilots this week and while Los Angeles gained slightly more market share than last year, the survey also showed that other jurisdictions continue to draw business. As detailed in the Los Angeles Times below, of the 202 pilots produced in the year ending May 31st, 91 were shot in LA, down significantly from the city's peak in 2004-2005 when the LA region handled 81% of all TV pilots.

Paramount Pictures, AMC Theatres and Cineplex Entertainment announced this week a groundbreaking in-theater and digital revenue-sharing initiative that could potentially redefine home digital distribution windowing. As detailed in Home Media Magazine below, under the agreement, selected upcoming Paramount films will be given a wide release this fall with digital home entertainment purchase available 17 days after the film dips below 300 domestic theaters.

Home Media Magazine also released some startling numbers on binge-watching this week. As detailed below, a new study based on 750 survey respondents age 26-34 suggests more than 115 million subscribers of over-the-top (OTT) video binge-watch a TV show, resulting in more than 500 million hours of binge watching per week.

Finally this week, what does all that binge watching do to brains trained to expect delayed gratification? A Netflix consultant actually forwarded me food for thought in the form of this Forbes magazine column in which the writer wonders whether we're better off being forced to exercise restraint when it comes to our favorite shows.

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