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September 25, 2015

Weekly Update from Kelly Graham-Scherer, Los Angeles Representative: September 25, 2015

Happy Friday everyone, 

Another $18 million in California tax credits were allotted this week, adding to the general sense of optimism that currently pervades the industry in Los Angeles. As detailed by The Wrap below, two pilots (from Warner Horizon and Universal), as well as a new series from ABC are among the projects awarded credits.
https://www.thewrap.com/grease-the-live-event-abcs-wicked-city-qualify-for-california-tax-credits/

The Los Angeles Times this week took an interesting look at how the massive popularity of the Lego brand has become a building block of the growth strategy at Warner Brothers. As detailed below, although most other major studios have retreated from the video games business, WB has in the last eight years expanded its presence in the fast-growing, multi billion-dollar global industry, acquiring such studios as TT Games and Rocksteady Studios.
http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/envelope/cotown/la-et-ct-warner-lego-20150923-story.html

In huge news out of Canada this week, a $20.5 million deal will see Vancouver-based animation studio Rainmaker acquire Toronto's Shaftesbury. As reported in Playback below, Shaftesbury chairman and CEO Christina Jennings says "We are combining our businesses, it is a partnership and we are going to operate independently.”
http://playbackonline.ca/2015/09/18/shaftesbury-and-rainmakers-proposed-20m-tie-up/

Finally this week, ever wondered at what particular moment you became hooked on your must-see TV show? As detailed in the LA Times below, Netflix already knows and is using data to pinpoint the plot twists and turns that get viewers to come back for more.
http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/envelope/cotown/la-et-ct-netflix-hooked-episodes-tv-shows-20150922-htmlstory.html

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I'll be up in Ontario all next week on business - this report will return on Friday, October 9th.

Warmest regards,

Kelly

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