FilmL.A., Partners Proffer Perks to Local Producers

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Earlier in June, FilmL.A. and the California Film Commission co-sponsored a booth at the second annual Produced By Conference, a three-day event organized by the Producers Guild of America and billed as “an extraordinary weekend of discovery, learning and creative inspiration” for entertainment producers. And an inspiring few days it was!  Five FilmL.A. staffers spent their Saturday or Sunday on … Read More

Overall On-Location Filming Increases in First Quarter

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As announced earlier this month, overall on-location filming has been springing forward in Los Angeles, with filming across all categories posting an 18 percent gain in the first quarter of 2010. A total of 11,087 permitted production days (PPD) were recorded for the period, compared to the 9,408 we saw in 2009. Reasons behind the increase vary by production category.  Commercials … Read More

Local On-Location Filming Flounders in 2009

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Earlier this month, FilmL.A. announced that total on-location filming coordinated by FilmL.A. in the Los Angeles region declined 19.4 percent in 2009 compared to 2008, marking a low point for local feature film production and the steepest year-over-year decline we have ever observed.  In all, 37,979 permitted production days (PPD) were coordinated in 2009 compared to 47,117 organized in 2008. … Read More

Entertainment Companies: Tax-Exempt Bonds ARRA Waiting for You

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Everybody knows the country has faced economic challenges over the past year and that the federal government passed a nearly $800 billion economic stimulus package, called the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), in February. What is far less well-known is that L.A. entertainment businesses can apply for tax-exempt facility construction bonds under the program.    The City … Read More

Action on the Set! Tax Credits Putting Local Crews to Work

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After a years-long battle by film industry supporters, business and labor groups, job creation advocates and committed legislators to secure a film and television tax incentive, Governor Schwarzenegger signed legislation creating tax credits for film and television production in February of this year.   With the Legislature’s passage of the program, California became one of over 40 states to offer … Read More