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September 9, 2016

September 9th News Report from your Los Angeles Representative

Hi everyone,

The Los Angeles-based trades generally take every opportunity to tout California's recently-expanded film and television tax credit program and this week was no exception. As detailed in the Hollywood Reporter below, TV stars and union reps gathered on Wednesday in Hollywood to celebrate the 2016 Emmy-nominated television shows that were produced in California and the Los Angeles area.

With series from disruptive distributors Netflix and Amazon now household names, digital giant YouTube is hoping to achieve similar success with programs courtesy of YouTube Red, the ad-free subscription service it recently launched. An extensive feature in the LA Times this week examined whether YouTube Red can make it big on the small screen.

Diversity on the screen continues to be a top topic of discussion across the industry. As detailed in the Times below, a report released Wednesday by the Media, Diversity and Social Change Initiative at USC’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism offers a stark portrait of Hollywood's feeble to nonexistent progress in eradicating what researchers call “pervasive and systematic” problems in inclusiveness in front of and behind the camera.

The eyes of the world are on Toronto this week as TIFF opens to much press and fanfare. Bloomberg News this week also took a look at the city's production industry, quoting several industry stakeholders in the article below, who maintain the city is the busiest it has ever been.

Finally this week, as Toronto and Ontario's screen-based industries continue to flourish, so does our infrastructure. As detailed in Playback below, TriBro Studios has announced plans to expand its GTA studio with the addition of a 30,000 square-foot sound stage, construction on which is scheduled to begin later this fall.

Warmest regards,

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

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