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October 11, 2017

September 22nd News Report from your Los Angeles Representative

Happy Friday everyone,

Congratulations to all the Ontario stakeholders whose hard work and talent were recognized last Sunday at the Emmy Awards.

It was such a thrill to see the entertainment world embrace The Handmaid's Tale and as much as that meant for Canadians who have been familiar with the book for years, its success was even more important for Hulu. As reported in the Los Angeles Times below, Hulu's claim to the first streaming show to win the drama series award signals its ascent to the top ranks of TV and its ability to go up against its larger streaming rivals in the fight to land coveted scripts and A-list talent.

A car accident involving the lead actor in the CW / Warner Brothers' series Riverdale is reigniting perennial concerns over long working hours on film sets. As reported in Deadline below, SAG-AFTRA will be sending up a team to the Vancouver set after one of the union’s 20 year-old stars — K.J. Apa — fell asleep at the wheel last week and crashed his automobile after he worked what Warner Bros. TV said was a 14.2-hour work day.

Variety had an interesting article this week on the trend towards partnerships between streaming services and mobile providers, which are increasingly offering premium TV subscriptions for free. As reported below, entertainment companies are getting built-in customers and mobile carriers are counting on those customers to stick around.

YouTube announced this week that it is getting rid of one of its first paid content models. As detailed in Variety below, it is discontinuing its paid channels initiative, effectively killing the option to sell the content of individual channels to paying subscribers and instead expanding its sponsorship model.

Diversity in Hollywood continues to be a hot button issue and producer Gavin Polone addressed it this week in a column for the Hollywood Reporter. Polone, who often writes timely and engaging opinion pieces in the trades, takes on race, business and the real cost of Hollywood whitewashing.

Finally, last week I presented an article from the LA Times about how directors are becoming more dispensable on big-budget studio projects. This week, a Times columnist published a counter argument of sorts, noting that TIFF this year restored his faith in "filmmakers of singular daring and imagination, representing a diverse array of national cinemas across the globe, and working with no fear of being fired for coloring outside the lines".

Warmest regards,

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

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