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November 23, 2016

November 18th News Report from your Los Angeles Representative

Weekly Update from Kelly Graham-Scherer, Los Angeles Representative

Happy Friday everyone,

With another AFM finished and the Thanksgiving holiday approaching in less than a week, Los Angeles has gone pretty quiet. I've been following up on several AFM connections and considering how to show our LA-based clients our appreciation during the upcoming holiday season.

The California Locations awards were held in Beverly Hills last week and several people and projects were honored for keeping production stateside. As detailed in Variety below, California Film Commissioner Amy Lemisch received a special award for her work as a "partner and champion for filming in California."
http://variety.com/2016/film/news/chips-future-man-marvels-agents-of-shield-california-locations-1201917072/

Despite how widely the industry celebrates California production, jurisdictions across North America and the globe continue to attract the industry as well. Vanity Fair this week featured an article on how actor Tom Hanks is using his fame to boost the film industry in Cleveland Ohio, the city where he got his start.
http://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2016/11/tom-hanks-Cleveland

In Australia controversy continues to swirl around government support for the latest film in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. As reported in the Los Angeles Times below, while Australia's federal government invested $21 million to get the movie there, a request to make public how much additional financial support was provided by the State of Queensland has turned into a nearly two-year legal battle.
http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/envelope/cotown/la-et-ct-pirates-australia-tax-20161024-snap-story.html

Warner Brothers made headlines this week with its deal to buy the gamer-focused YouTube network Machinima in order to expand the movie and TV studio’s digital video business. As detailed in the Times below, traditional Hollywood studios including Warner Bros. have been investing in digital video makers to appeal to tech-savvy millennials.
http://www.latimes.com/business/hollywood/la-fi-ct-warner-bros-machinima-20161117-story.html

Finally this week, Vancouver's plans to court China made headlines in the Hollywood Reporter. As detailed below, the city has hired its first film commissioner and is starting to shift its focus from Los Angeles to make inroads in Beijing and Shanghai.
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/vancouver-film-industry-unveils-china-focus-new-commissioner-946646

I will be off next Friday enjoying the American Thanksgiving holiday with my family; this report will return on Friday, December 2nd.

Warmest regards,

Kelly

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

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