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September 16, 2016

September 16th News Report from your Los Angeles Representative

Weekly Update from Kelly Graham-Scherer, Los Angeles Representative

Hi everyone,

Los Angeles seemed eerily quiet this week, as industry stakeholders the world over converged on Toronto for TIFF. As a result, most noteworthy stories concerned Ontario this week, but first, a few that made headlines stateside.

The Motion Picture Association of America came out swinging this week, vigorously disputing the recent University of Southern California study that cast doubt on the effectiveness of film tax credits. As detailed in the L.A. Times below, the MPAA challenged the study's methodology, saying it uses overly broad, aggregated data that paint an imprecise and inaccurate picture of employment trends.

Two big announcements regarding industry layoffs in LA made headlines in the Times this week.

Less than a month after completing its takeover of DreamWorks Animation, NBCUniversal disclosed that it will eliminate about 200 jobs at the studio behind such hits as Shrek and Kung Fu Panda.

And, reflecting changes to the company’s gaming strategy, Disney has laid off about 250 people in its consumer products and interactive media unit.

Diversity continues to be a pressing concern in the screen-based industries and that was reflected in news out of TIFF this week. As reported in Deadline below, at the 'Moguls' series of talks, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Cheryl Boone Isaacs made identity politics "Topic A, B and C."

In what could be very big news for Ontario's domestic and co-production industry, the Department of Canadian Heritage has officially launched its Cancon consultations. As detailed in Playback, the launch comes after the department received more than 10,000 submissions during a pre-consultation period this past spring.

An icon of the Canadian film industry was the subject of a fascinating profile in the Financial Post this week. As reported below, Comweb's Paul Bronfman has always carved his own path, providing inspiration and opportunity to countless people along the way.

Every year during TIFF, the Los Angeles-based trades tend to feature softer "advertorial" type stories, highlighting Canada's filming environment and this year was no exception. The Hollywood Reporter below, took a look at some key filming locations and included the University of Toronto.

Finally this week: after more than six years in LA, I actually kind of miss Toronto's raccoons, and therefore couldn't resist including this article from the Hollywood Reporter, which advises TIFF visitors on how to handle encounters with the city's most prolific ring-tailed bandits.

Warmest regards,


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

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