City of Los Angeles Approves Long-Term Contract with FilmL.A.

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Los Angeles City Hall, as visible this month on the pages of our website.What will Los Angeles be like in the year 2030?  Surely, much will have changed from the present.  Movies and television shows may be shot and viewed through technologies that haven’t yet been invented.  One thing, however, will be the same — FilmL.A. will be the City of Los Angeles’ contracted film office. On Friday, March 19, 2010, the Los Angeles City Council approved a contract that continues FilmL.A.’s relationship with the City for the next twenty years.  The initial term of the contract runs through June 2015 and includes a process for three five-year extensions.This is the first time in several years that the City has awarded FilmL.A. a multi-year contract — a reflection of the City’s confidence in our long-term ability to serve the City’s and film industry’s interests.

“I’m pleased that the Council has joined me in supporting a contract that will allow FilmL.A. to make longer-term investments in our local filming infrastructure,” said Los Angeles Councilman Richard Alarcon, chair of the City’s Jobs and Business Development Committee, which reviewed and sent the contract to the full Council. “The inclusion of a marketing aspect in this new contract will also allow us to reach out to filmmakers and the community about the strong economic benefit that our City receives from jobs in film, television and commercials,” he added.

FilmL.A. serves the County of Los Angeles and six other cities in addition to Los Angeles, five school districts and the Angeles National Forest. The bulk of the permitted production days coordinated by FilmL.A. each year fall within the City of Los Angeles.

“FilmL.A. is a vital partner in the City’s commitment to meeting the needs of the film industry and our local communities,” said Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.  “Their expertise in coordinating local, on-location filming is of great value to the City, and we look forward to a partnership well into the future that will ensure that the filming industry stays here at home in Los Angeles.”

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