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July 31, 2015

Weekly Update from Film Ontario, July 31, 2015

The industry continues to be very busy this summer - well done all!

Congratulations to our friend and colleague, Reynolds Mastin, who is the new CEO at the CMPA. And warm wishes to outgoing, (and oh so droll!)  CEO , Michael Hennessy. Enjoy your cottage!

Remember, we are happy to make introductions for you with other Member companies! Wouldn't you rather do business with another FilmOntario Member?

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

Am away next week, returning August 10th.

Have a lovely long weekend, and take care,


Sarah Ker-Hornell
CEO & Executive Director

Weekly Update from Kelly Graham-Scherer, Los Angeles Representative 

Happy Friday everyone, 

This week saw another eclectic mix of headlines across Los Angeles media, the first concerning the second round of California's newly expanded film and television tax credits. As reported in the L.A. Times below, between July 13-25th, the Film Commission received 32 applications for studio films and 222 for independents, each hoping for a portion of the allocated $48.3 million for studio feature films and $6.9 million for indies.

News of Relativity Media's bankruptcy filing and the woes of its colorful and polarizing founder Ryan Kavanagh has been splashed across Hollywood all week. As reported in the Times below, there is a certain amount of schadenfreude in the fall an ambitious arriviste who hit Hollywood full of plans for upending the traditional studio system, only to be brought down by the brutal realities of entertainment industry economics.

Another week, another story about how Netflix is changing the entertainment landscape: the Times reports that Netflix's insistence on keeping its viewership data secret has unshackled talent from the ratings-driven demographics that are so important to traditional broadcast networks.

Another example of changing times in the screen-based industries is the surging popularity of the annual VidCon conference which was recently held in Anaheim, California. As reported in the Times below, many of the 20,000 teens who came out to see their favorite YouTube stars are also seeking hardheaded business advice on how to become a successful digital entrepreneur.

In this space a few weeks ago I highlighted a story about Paramount's new plan to make two of its upcoming films available via digital home video 17 days after they exit most theaters. The Times reports this week that the largest U.S. theater chain, Regal Cinemas, has publicly rejected the proposal as a new distribution model.

Finally this week, the Calgary, Alberta production of The Revenant, directed by Birdman's Alejandro G. Inarritu has generated controversy. After an initial story that quoted crew members complaining about unsafe conditions on set, the Hollywood Reporter this week followed up with more details from an I.A.T.S.E. rep who says "It's not clear to me that, when crew members raised concerns, they were taken seriously."

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