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March 20, 2017

March 17th News Report from your Los Angeles Representative

Happy Friday everyone,

PBS, Hollywood Unions and the Sundance Institute all denounced the federal budget that President Trump unveiled this week. As detailed in the Hollywood Reporter below, in addition to eliminating the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which provides funding for PBS and National Public Radio stations, Trump has also proposed doing away with funding for the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Trump's budget is not going to make life easier for industry stakeholders with conservative leanings. As reported in the Los Angeles Times below, the political closet is now a necessity for many in an industry that is among the most liberal in the country.

Funding for film and television tax incentives, at the state level, seems safe in Georgia. As detailed in the Atlanta Journal Constitution below, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal and Speaker David Ralston recently participated in Georgia Film Day and assured stakeholders that tax credits are here to stay.

The highly publicized $1-billion deal to sell Dick Clark Productions to China’s Dalian Wanda Group has collapsed, marking one of the biggest of many deals between China and Hollywood to fall by the wayside. As reported in the Times below, political factors probably contributed to the eventual collapse of the transaction as there is growing pressure on both countries’ regulators to more heavily scrutinize major cross-border acquisitions and investments.

Amid a tense labor atmosphere in Hollywood, the Writers Guild of America began contract negotiations Monday. As detailed in the Times below, industry watchers expect a tough round of talks as the industry continues to grapple with digital upheaval.

Finally this week, Netflix subscribers may soon have the opportunity to decide for themselves how stories unfold on their favorite shows as work begins on a new interactive storytelling technology. As detailed in a recent Forbes article, Netflix will run a trial later this year with a Choose Your Own Adventure children’s show based on an established character and if it proves successful, there are plans to work with the same format for adult-oriented shows.

Warmest regards,

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

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