New Council Committee Entertains Filming

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The Los Angeles City Council’s Jobs and Business Development Committee has been assigned oversight of filming issues, which until recently were under the City’s Public Works Committee.  Councilman Richard Alarcón has been appointed Chair of “Jobs” and has committed to an aggressive agenda to make it easier to film in Los Angeles.
The committee met on September 22 to review the “Ugly Betty and Film Production Flight” report, issued by the Office of the Chief Legislative Analyst earlier this year, and the report’s seven recommendations to strengthen the film industry.  The committee also heard testimony from FilmL.A. President Paul Audley, Jack Kyser from the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC), Ed Duffy from the Teamsters Local 399, Jim Sharp from 20th Century Fox, David Phelps from the Association of Independent Commercial Producers (AICP) and Pamm Fair from the Screen Actors Guild (SAG).  Each spoke about the challenges the industry faces and provided suggestions for improving the environment for filming in L.A.
Councilmember Alarcón and his colleague Councilmember Bernard Parks issued specific requests and directives to various City departments such as the General Services Department, Office of Finance, Chief Legislative Analyst, City Administrative Officer and Department of Water and Power that are designed to benefit the entertainment industry.
For the full list of committee directives, download this report from the City’s Council File database.

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