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January 22, 2016

Weekly Update from Kelly Graham-Scherer, Los Angeles Representative: January 22, 2016

Happy Friday everyone,

The release of Los Angeles's year end production numbers by film permitting and industry advocacy group FilmLA was covered in all the trades this week. As detailed in the Hollywood Reporter below, on-location shoots in Los Angeles saw a rise in 2015 of 1.3 percent, with buoyed TV production picking up the slack for depressed film production.

The controversy over the lack of diversity among Academy Awards nominees this year is making headlines all over the world, but it feels like a local story here in Los Angeles. As reported in Variety below, LA Mayor Eric Garcetti says he is not worried about how a boycott could affect the economic boost the ceremony provides the region.

In addition to its in-depth coverage of the Oscar boycott, the Los Angeles Times continues to cover the issue of gender inequality in Hollywood. It prominently featured a scathing op-ed piece on the issue this week.

There has been no shortage of stories about Netflix and its disruptive effect on the film and television industry and the Times gave it the front page treatment this week. As detailed in the feature below, Netflix - which has been likened to the Albanian army - has more than 70 million subscribers in nearly 200 countries and may well be the most feared force in Hollywood.`

Virtual reality is another potential industry disruptor and discussion within the industry about its potential is becoming louder and more urgent. Newsweek published a wide-ranging feature this week detailing how and why VR is poised to become a $5 billion industry.

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