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July 4, 2016

July Update from FilmOntario, July 4, 2016

Hello from your new Managing Director and Counsel!  Now that I have had about a week to get oriented, I wanted to make sure I introduced myself to all the members and let you know that I have officially started at FilmOntario.  Please don’t hesitate to email me at or give me a call at 416-642-6704 with your questions and concerns.

I’m also pleased to say that Mimi is staying on for a few more weeks to help me get settled and bring me up to speed. Thanks so much to Mimi for everything she has done for the organization and for being such a great resource to me personally.

Looking forward to working with everyone,
Cynthia Lynch 

North Bay City Council Supports Film and TV Industry
North Bay City Council has passed a motion calling on the province of Ontario to provide stability in the tax credits and the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund in order to ensure continued investment in the industry. The motion noted that there were 27 productions that shot in North in 2015, with even more to come this year. Thanks to ACTRA Toronto who worked hard to make this happen.
Read the article in the North Bay Nugget here

Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport Film and Television Industry Advisory Panel
As reported in the May 18 newsletter, FilmOntario is very pleased that the government was quick to convene the Industry Advisory Panel. The Panel’s second meeting was held on June 28th, where the group worked toward finalizing a workplan. Stay tuned for more updates on this important work.

Update on the Take a Bow Ontario Campaign
The Take a Bow Campaign has started rolling out (literally) on William F. White trucks. Let us know if you spot one and send us a picture.

FilmOntario Welcomes New Member Original Pictures Inc.
Original Pictures is a creative production company built on the talents of its founder and president, Emmy-award winner Kim Todd. They create, develop and produce high quality dramatic series and films working with the best writers, creators and directors, and also provide production services to major studios and networks.

Original Pictures has already contributed to the Ontario Screen-Based Industry through their productions and services, and now will help FilmOntario as it works to support and build the industry and protect what we have all worked so hard to accomplish.

WEEKLY UPDATE (June 24, 2016)
from Kelly Graham-Scherer, Los Angeles Representative -
News of a Brexit yes vote is dominating headlines across the globe this morning and the Los Angeles-based trades are among the media attempting to determine effects on specific industries.

Variety has listed seven likely consequences for the U.K. film and television industry, positing below that the U.K.'s exit from the European union will negatively affect the future of British- European co-productions, but may boost the foreign service industry as the falling pound makes Hollywood and European films cheaper to shoot in Britain.

Screen Daily International took a more uniformly pessimistic tone when parsing Brexit's effects, leading with a quote from Oscar-winning producer Jeremy Thomas: “For the film industry, it is a disaster.”

It's no secret that the film and television industry in Louisiana has taken a big hit in the past year, since the state's incentives program was capped. The Greater Baton Rogue Business Report this week published an exhaustive feature on the current state of an industry which has reportedly suffered an 80% decline as a result of the changes.

Will the burgeoning box office in China be short-lived? The Los Angeles Times this week published an interesting article about whether the thousands of traditional screens being added in China may become obsolete in a hurry as VR helps drive the trend towards newer distribution platforms.

There have been many executive shakeups at the major Hollywood studios the last few months. Variety contextualized them this week as "a visible example of a generational transition under way in the showbiz workforce".

Finally this week, the Globe and Mail recently published a report on the booming business in British Columbia. As reported below, Vancouver is touting a 40-per-cent increase in film and TV production activity in 2015 over 2014.

I will be spending next week - including Canada Day next Friday - relaxing in Ontario with my family. This report will return on Friday, July 8th.

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