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August 26, 2016

August 26th News Report from your Los Angeles Representative

Weekly Update from Kelly Graham-Scherer, Los Angeles Representative

Hi everyone,

A University of Southern California study that called film and television tax incentives a waste of money grabbed headlines this week. As detailed in Variety below, the findings fly in the face of the conventional wisdom in Hollywood, which is that state tax incentives have resulted in a massive flight of jobs from California to other parts of the country.
http://variety.com/2016/biz/news/film-tax-incentives-waste-of-money-study-1201840189/

A story in USA Today-affiliated Democrat and Chronicle referenced the study when it reported this week that the state of New York, far outspends any other state when it comes to film and television tax incentives. As detailed below, New York spent $2.6 billion on tax breaks for the film industry from 1997 to 2015.
http://www.democratandchronicle.com/story/news/2016/08/19/report-ny-film-tax-breaks/88997636/

It's been a tough summer for many of the studios that invested heavily in sequels, remakes and reboots, as some of the season's largest tentpoles have proven major flops. As detailed in the Los Angeles Times below, there are risks to playing it safe, as it seems some venerable brands are in decline among American audiences.
http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/envelope/cotown/la-et-ct-ben-hur-summer-box-office-20160817-snap-story.html

The animated feature Sausage Party may have been a surprise hit, but it was the working conditions on the film that grabbed headlines in LA this week. As detailed in the Times below, complaints attributed to the Vancouver-based crew include allegations of unpaid overtime, poor working conditions and walkouts.
http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/movies/la-et-mn-sausage-party-animators-20160815-snap-story.html

Finally this week, the story below is a good example of how traditional broadcast systems are racing to seize the attention of young viewers who would rather surf apps than TV channels.. As detailed in the Times, NBCUniversal will team up with Snapchat, the photo messaging app, by providing mini TV shows that are offshoots of its established properties.
http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/envelope/cotown/la-et-ct-snapchat-nbc-partnerships-20160819-snap-story.html

Warmest regards,

Kelly

Kelly Graham-Scherer
Los Angeles Representative
Toronto/ Ontario Film Office
310-391-1868

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