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  • The Modern Writers Behind LA’s Modern Family

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    Recently, the hit television show Modern Family won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series for the third consecutive year.  Since it first premiered three years ago, Modern Family has garnered a total of 12 Emmys for categories that include acting, directing and — perhaps most importantly — for writing.  Without a doubt, Modern Family is firing on all cylinders, which…

     

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  • Decline In Television Production Hammers LA

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      FilmL.A. — the not-for-profit community benefit organization that coordinates permits for filmed entertainment shot on-location in the City of Los Angeles, unincorporated parts of Los Angeles County and other local jurisdictions — recently released a report about local on-location filming and the numbers are not pretty.  Overall, on-location production activity in the L.A. region…

     

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  • California Film & Television Tax Credits: Too Few To Meet Filmmaker Demand

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    On June 1, the California Film Commission (CFC) awarded a new round of film tax credits under the California Film & Television Tax Credit Program. A total of 28 projects were selected by lottery from an initial pool of 322 program applicants.  Capped annually at $100 million, and with its popularity soaring, California’s incentive program is…

     

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  • Hollywood Camera Shop Fights Runaway Production With Large Discounts

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    Two weeks ago, Film Works supporter Bojan Stanivukovic sent us the following  message on our Facebook page: I’m a rental manager at T-Stop, Inc., a film equipment rental house in Hollywood. First of all, I’d like to thank you for your passionate effort to promote filming in our city. You’ve done a wonderful job educating film…

     

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  • Johnny Pacific Delivers “Good Eats on Your Street” …Or Set

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    If you work at one of the leading visual effects houses in greater Los Angeles like Rhythm & Hues, Digital Domain or Sony Pictures Imageworks, you probably think the empanadas from Johnny Pacific are mana from heaven. Conversely, for the hard working men and women at this Canoga Park-based restaurant, the visual effects industry based…

     

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  • Fire In Motion Sends Engines To The Action

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    It’s unlikely the average American watching one of the countless television dramas about police departments, law enforcement or criminal investigations ever stops to ask themselves where  producers find all of the emergency equipment featured on screen.  Indeed, if the producers of NCIS, CSI, Prime Suspect, Criminal Minds, The Mentalist and other shows started asking local…

     

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  • CA Hopes For Job Creation As Major Studios Expand

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    JobsAdvance SearchEmployerCandidateThere are some very exciting plans at three of the major studios (Disney, Paramount, & NBCUniversal) to expand their operations significantly in California. If approved, these plans should offer hope to the thousands of workers and small businesses in California struggling through one of the longest and most devastating periods of runaway production in Hollywood’s history….

     

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  • 93 Days and $20.2 Million: The Economic Impact of One Film

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    Earlier this month, the people behind Film WorksL.A. decided to take a look at what local businesses in Los Angeles California stand to lose when a single motion picture chooses to film outside the region. Thanks to the generosity of one major studio (which asked to remain nameless), Film Works secured the following top-level expense…

     

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  • California Legislators Look at Extending California Credits

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    The film and television industry is California’s economic backbone and an integral part of the state’s cultural identity, from San Diego to Eureka and everything in between.  Sadly, many Californians take the industry for granted.  Many outside the business do not know that runaway production exists, much less realize the negative effect it has on…

     

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  • Film LA Launches Website To Aid California Filming

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    On December 13th, FilmL.A. invited a small number of press representatives to join them at L.A. Center Studios onto a bustling production set.  Crew members hustled through the crowd carrying clip boards and barking orders into walkie talkies.  Grips and camera operators quickly set up cranes and a variety of fills around a small stage. …

     

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