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July 24, 2015

Weekly Update from Film Ontario, July 24, 2015

Production continues to be very busy!

According to the Ontario Film Commissioner, pilots are continuing at the pace of last year, and new series are circling.

And a big shout out to our City of Toronto Locations Permit office - Eric, we couldn't survive PanAm without you!

As always, do let us know if you have any company news that you would like us to circulate to our Members list.

Remember, we are happy to make introductions for you with other Member companies. After all, wouldn't you rather do business with another FilmOntario Member?

Have a lovely weekend, and take care,
Sarah

Sarah Ker-Hornell
CEO & Executive Director
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Weekly Update from Kelly Graham-Scherer, Los Angeles Representative 

Happy Friday everyone,  

Variety this week published a pleasant human interest story about L.A.’s new chief film liaison. As detailed below, the post was created this spring in what was described as the next step in the city’s effort to draw production back to Los Angeles.
http://variety.com/2015/artisans/production/l-a-s-new-film-liaison-kevin-james-helps-keep-the-road-smooth-for-productions-1201545187/

European regulators this week filed an official "statement of objections" against Sky UK and major U.S. film studios Disney, NBCUniversal, Paramount, Sony, Fox and Warner Bros. As reported in the Los Angeles Times below, while North American consumers will not feel any impact from the resulting antitrust scrutiny, it is part of broader efforts by European regulators to prevent so-called geo-blocking, which opponents say limits consumer access and eliminates cross-border competition between pay-TV companies.
http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/envelope/cotown/la-et-ct-studios-european-commission-qa-20150723-story.html <http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/envelope/cotown/la-et-ct-studios-european-commission-qa-20150723-story.html

The LA Times this week also had a really interesting feature about the increasing importance of movie trailers. As reported below, the struggle to reach the masses has given rise to a diverse industry  and over 15 years, the number of companies distilling motion pictures down to 21/2-minute previews has gone from about a dozen to more than 100.
http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/envelope/cotown/la-et-ct-hollywood-trailers-20150721-story.html#page=1

In an effort to allow homegrown films to flourish, China is currently enforcing a blackout period with regards to foreign films. As part of its recently-established regular coverage of China's box office numbers, the Times reports that theaters there still managed to rack up $284 US million last week.
http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/envelope/cotown/la-et-ct-china-box-office-monster-hunt-20150721-story.html

In other news out of China this week, the Times reports that a new Chinese animated film, featuring a character that looks suspiciously like the Lighting McQueen from Pixar's Cars, has become the topic of a heated debate, with many accusing the director of plagiarism. As detailed below, government incentives have made China the world’s No. 1 animation production center by volume in the last decade, but “quantity often comes at the expense of quality in production companies’ rush to obtain subsidies and rewards".
http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/envelope/cotown/la-et-ct-china-animation-plagarism-cars-pixar-20150721-story.html#page=1

 <http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/envelope/cotown/la-et-ct-china-box-office-monster-hunt-20150721-story.html>

Finally, rounding out this week's eclectic collection of articles is a column that was published by the organizer's of this fall's upcoming American Film Market. "Twenty things never to do in a pitch meeting" is a good reminder of how we can all put our best foot forward.
http://americanfilmmarket.com/20-things-you-should-never-do-in-a-pitch-meeting/

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