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March 15, 2016

Weekly Update from Kelly Graham-Scherer, Los Angeles Representative: March 11, 2016

Happy Friday everyone,

When the Ontario Media Development Corporation released its 2015 production expenditure numbers this week industry stakeholders cheered and Los Angeles-based media took notice. As detailed in the Hollywood Reporterbelow, Ontario spend hit a record $1.52 billion last year, as foreign, mostly Hollywood, movie production expenditures increased 50 percent.

The allocation of another round of production tax credits in California also made headlines across LA this week. As reported in the L.A. Times below, nine television projects were selected to receive $37.6 million in incentives and the successful application of  the series Scream Queens will see it move production from New Orleans, making it the fifth ongoing series to relocate to California under the expanded tax credit program.

Advocates of film and television incentives in Louisiana may be called upon to publicly defend them. As detailed in the New Orleans Times Picayune below, a new bill making its way through the state legislature would apply a 2017 sunset on tax credits in all industries, forcing each sector to express and provide documentation about why the credits provide value before they are renewed.

As the domestic Chinese film industry booms, it faces the same problems jurisdictions across North America encounter when production activity grows at a rapid rate. As reported in the L.A. Times below, China’s filmmakers are using farmers to staff their makeup, costume and lighting departments, amid claims that a dearth of professional training is holding the industry back.

The Oscars may be over, but the controversy over the lack of diversity among this year's nominees appears to have had lasting effects, As detailed in the Times below, Warner Brothers is preparing to launch a new film workshop for aspiring directors, billing the initiative as a way to boost undiscovered and underrepresented talent

Finally this week, with the specter of changes to British Columbia's tax credits hanging in the air, the Globe and Mailtook a hard look at what drives Hollywood business north. Columnist Marsha Lederman points out that many industries receive tax incentives and asks "Why not protect the thriving film and TV production sector – one that actually exists, providing real jobs now – and greener jobs, too?"

Warmest regards,

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