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April 25, 2016

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

Happy Friday everyone,

This week's report is an abbreviated one, as I have been working the last few days at the Toronto/ Ontario booth at the Association of Film Commissioners International Locations Trade Show. Once again, jurisdictions from all over the world have converged on Los Angeles in hopes of attracting American service production. This is the sixth time I have attended the show and it is still a very tangible reminder of just how fierce the global competition for film and television business remains.

The rebound in Los Angeles-based production continues to receive consistent, positive press coverage here, buttressing the argument in favor of California's recently expanded tax credits. As reported in the L.A. Times below, film production activity jumped 11% in LA County in the first quarter of this year, thanks to a surge in on-location shooting of movies and television shows.

There has been much press lately about industry boycotts in states that have enacted - or threatened to enact - religious liberty legislation that allows discrimination against members of the LGBT community. The Times this week took a look at which states are being affected and how much the boycotts could impact industry.

Finally this week, it looks as though Ontario's film and television industry infrastructure is about to undergo a welcome expansion. As reported in Playback below, recent news that General Motors would occupy space currently used for filming on Eastern Avenue initially had many industry stakeholders worried, however Cinespace VP Jim Mirkopoulos confirms that the deal is part of an expansion strategy that will result in a net increase in studio space.

Warmest regards,

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