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September 23, 2016

September 23rd News Report from your Los Angeles Representative

Hi everyone,

Over the last several months I have been astonished to see many high level executives leave long-term positions to join the team at Netflix, and apparently I am not the only one. As reported in the Los Angeles Times below, Hollywood was buzzing this week over the news that 21st Century Fox has filed a lawsuit against Netflix, accusing it of illegally recruiting executives who are under contract.
http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/envelope/cotown/la-et-ct-netflix-fox-20160916-snap-story.html

The trades were full of stories about last Sunday's Emmy Awards this week and, as detailed in the LA Times below, many of them focused on the diversity of this year's nominees and winners, especially in contrast to the Oscars.
http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/tv/la-et-st-emmys-diversity-and-representation-20160918-snap-story.html

The Emmys were also lauded for making TV history when a piece of virtual-reality content became the first original work in the medium to snag an award. The Times has details below.
http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/movies/la-et-mn-emmys-awards-interactive-vr-henry-winner-20160918-snap-story.html

But it wasn't all accolades for the Emmys. I was really interested to read the thoughts of the Times' celebrated TV critic: she argued that the show's bloated telecast is in itself archaic, and wondered why the Academy has "doggedly attempted to shoehorn a rapidly expanding universe into the same format it has used since the days of rabbit ears and three networks".
http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/tv/la-et-st-emmys-2016-critics-notebook-20160914-snap-story.html

Finally this week, it's no secret that both Toronto and Vancouver are operating at very close to capacity with regards to film and television production. According to the Vancouver Sun, B.C.’s booming film industry is making it difficult for other businesses to compete for space amid a pressing shortage of industrial buildings across Metro Vancouver.
http://vancouversun.com/business/commercial-real-estate/b-c-s-film-industry-gobbling-up-industrial-buildings-across-metro?google_editors_picks=true

Warmest regards,

Kelly

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

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