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March 14, 2018

March 9th News Report from your Los Angeles Representative

Happy Friday everyone,

What an incredible Oscar ceremony last Sunday!

I know I was just one of thousands of Ontario natives who were bursting with pride as The Shape of Water picked up honours for Production Design and Composing, as well as Best Picture and Director honors. The National Post below was just one media outlet that analyzed and celebrated this "watershed moment for Canadian film".
http://nationalpost.com/pmn/news-pmn/canada-news-pmn/newsalert-toronto-producer-j-miles-dale-wins-oscar-for-the-shape-of-water-2

Other jurisdictions across North America also measured their industry's progress through Oscar's lens this week. The New York Times below reported that more than 20 of the 89 films that have won Best Picture have directly involved New York.
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/02/nyregion/and-the-oscar-for-best-city-as-a-movie-setting-goes-to.html

North Carolina is taking pride is being the production location for best picture contender Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri. As reported in that state's News Observer below, the spotlight on “Three Billboards” has brought renewed attention to the state’s film incentives program, which has decreased dramatically from its peak just a few years ago.
http://www.newsobserver.com/entertainment/movies-news-reviews/article202929559.html

California’s film incentives may be good for Hollywood, but they’ve barely made a blip at the Oscars. As reported by Deadline below, in the last five years, only one of the 43 films nominated for Best Picture received tax credits from the state.
http://deadline.com/2018/03/films-subsidized-by-california-tax-credits-barely-register-at-oscars-1202307590/

“A Wrinkle in Time” which opened this week is one of a handful of $100 million-plus movies to receive California’s film and TV tax credit, to the tune of $18.1 million. Variety reports below that the MPAA on Saturday released figures that says that it contributed more than $40.2 million in wages to nearly 4,000 local workers, and generated $110 million in economic activity.
http://variety.com/2018/politics/news/a-wrinkle-in-time-tax-incentives-1202716595/

The state of Georgia has become an a film and television production powerhouse in recent years but controversial legislation is threatening business as usual. In the last two weeks the state has drawn Hollywood's ire after the Senate passed a bill that would make it legal for adoption agencies to not work with same-sex couples and lawmakers approved a bill stripping a major tax break for Delta, an unsubtle punishment for the airline's decision to ax its discount for National Rifle Association members after the Parkland, Florida, shooting. The Hollywood Reporter has details below.
https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/georgias-anti-lgbtq-adoption-bill-risks-alienating-hollywood-1092468

Finally this week, I admittedly inundate readers with stories about Netflix and Amazon but the story below is well worth reading. The Los Angeles Times this week took an in depth look at how the streaming giants are fighting for market share in India, the world's second most populous country. http://www.latimes.com/world/asia/la-fg-india-netflix-amazon-2018-story.html

Warmest regards,
Kelly

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

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