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December 14, 2015

Weekly Update from Kelly Graham-Scherer, Los Angeles Representative: December 11, 2015

Happy Friday everyone, 

While Los Angeles is abuzz with the news of the Golden Globe nominations announced earlier this week, for the most part industry news has slowed as the holidays approach. Many congratulations to my colleagues at the OMDC which supported GG best-picture nominee Room, which also earned nods for its lead actress Brie Larson and writer Emma Donoghue.

Applications for the second round of the California tax credit program were accepted this past week. As reported in Deadline below, there are $42 million in credits at play this round, buoying industry stakeholders in a city that has been buzzing with production activity the last several months.
http://deadline.com/2015/12/california-film-tv-tax-credits-applications-mows-series-pilots-1201660628/

There were a few stories this week that acknowledged how quickly digitally distributed content has moved not just to the mainstream, but to a position of dominance with regards to both commercial and critical influence.

As reported in the Los Angeles Times below, digital advertising is now poised to surpass television ad sales, according to new projections from three big ad companies.
http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/envelope/cotown/la-et-ct-digital-ad-spend-surpass-tv-20151207-story.html

And the Times also reported that all three major streaming services — Amazon, Hulu and Netflix — were recognized among the list of nominees announced Thursday with an unprecedented 14 total nominations
http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/envelope/cotown/la-et-ct-streaming-services-elbow-in-golden-globes-20151210-story.html

Finally this week, just for fun, a Variety columnist discusses the worst TV shows of 2015.
http://variety.com/2015/tv/columns/worst-tv-shows-2015-true-detective-fear-the-walking-dead-texas-rising-1201658055/

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Warmest regards,

Kelly


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