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  • Variety 411 Partners With NewFilmmakers LA To Present On Location: The Los Angeles Video Project

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    Variety 411 is pleased to be partnering with NewFilmmakers LA to present the second annual “On Location: The Los Angeles Video Project.” Initiated as a tool to highlight the talented filmmakers and diverse communities of Los Angeles the festival in 2013, NewFilmmakers LA has partnered with the City oF Los Angeles and LA Weekly to…

     

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  • Comfy Courtyard And Tasty Food At Lexington Social House

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    The online chatter about the Lexington Social Club paints the spot as a hipster haunt and attraction for Hollywood’s young emerging talent, not the sort of place you’d want to go for a casual after work get together.  A visit to this establishment proves you can’t always believe what you read.   Lexington Social Club…

     

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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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  • Keeping Film Crews Healthy In LA

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    On July 19, 2011, the men and women working at The Culver Studios (the storied lot where classics like Gone With the Wind and the original King Kong were filmed) were greeted by a revolutionary 33-foot vehicle designed to help them better care for the one thing that matters most: their health. The vehicle’s arrival…

     

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  • A Special LA 411/Variety Round Table With Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa

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    By: Marjorie Galas On August 24th, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa met with independent producers and executives from production companies and studios that included Fox, Odd Lot Entertainment, Walt Disney and Morgan Creek at the Variety offices for a round table discussion.  Presented by Variety and LA 411 and sponsored by Entertainment Partners, the event was organized…

     

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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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  • 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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  • Scouting By Foot Effective For “(500) Days Of Summer”

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    From the Bradbury Building to Grand Central Market to Angel’s Knoll, “(500) Days of Summer” can be seen as a location calling card for the city of Los Angeles. The wealth of sites was so impressive, that Location Manager Michael Chickey was recently bestowed the “Locations Professional of the Year – Features” honor at the…

     

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  • Wendy Kram and L.A. For Hire

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     At a time when many businesses fear their end is near, veteran film and television producer Wendy Kram has begun a new venture.  Recognizing a deficit where entertainment companies are forced to downsize due to the economy, Kram decided to turn the negative into a positive. Who is Wendy Kram?  Kram’s interest in production began…

     

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