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December 7, 2015

Weekly Update from Kelly Graham-Scherer, Los Angeles Representative: December 4, 2015

Happy Friday everyone, 

I'm back from Thanksgiving break with an eclectic group of articles for your consideration this week.

The first, from the Los Angeles Daily News, illustrates the cyclical nature of, not just film and television production, but the impact it has on surrounding communities. As detailed below, the California tax credit has not only increased shooting in L.A., it's also led to a 20% increase in complaints about film shoots from residents.
http://www.dailynews.com/government-and-politics/20151129/as-filming-returns-to-la-neighborhood-complaints-rise

The news this week that Fox will no longer provide overnight ratings data was seen as an official acknowledgement that the current TV ratings system has not kept pace with the way in which people view programming. As detailed in the L.A. Times below, while Fox's decision caused some snickering, it also pushed forward the discussion about how to wean the industry and the press off the habit of using overnight ratings to declare shows instant winners or losers before the additional audience can be included.
http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/envelope/cotown/la-et-ct-fox-overnights-20151130-story.html

Over the last several months I have increasingly heard about the ways in which screen-industry stakeholders are finding opportunity in the theme park industry. An article from Film Journal International this week took an in-depth look at how the marriage between real and estate and entertainment is being nurtured by partnerships between Hollywood and China.
http://www.filmjournal.com/features/theme-parks-and-beyond-china-encourages-marriage-entertainment-and-real-estate

I often hear from Ontario stakeholders who are seeking representation in Los Angeles and so have been following with great interest a recent series of LA Times articles exposing the dangers of predatory talent agents who target struggling actors and writers. As detailed in a front page story this week, abuses at smaller agencies are rampant in LA and law enforcement officials have scant resources to recover funds or prosecute on behalf of wronged clients.
http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/la-et-selling-stardom-john-doman-talent-agencies-20151203-story.html

Playback on-line this week identified its top five key trends in the Canadian screen-based industries. As detailed below, the landscape is undergoing a metamorphosis, buffeted by global shifts in media consumption, an increasingly international marketplace and volatile commodities markets.
http://playbackonline.ca/2015/12/03/five-key-trends-in-the-canadian-screen-industry-now-and-in-2016/

The next two stories were sent to me by Ontario stakeholders.

Indiewire this spring published a catchy and informative article about How To Sell a TV Show to Netflix.
http://www.indiewire.com/article/how-to-sell-a-tv-show-to-netflix-20150401

And finally this week, Toronto‚Äôs TriBro Studios is apparently listening to the current conversation Hollywood is having about gender inequality. Playback on-line reports that TriBro has named Killjoys creator and showrunner Michelle Lovretta as the first recipient of its initiative to half its studio rental fees for productions helmed by women. 
http://playbackonline.ca/2015/11/19/killjoys-to-benefit-from-new-tribro-studios-incentive/

You'll find the full text for the linked articles below my signature. Please feel free to distribute this e-mail widely and to get in touch with comments or links for inclusion.

Warmest regards, 

Kelly

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