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California Tax Incentive Bill Clears Final Hurdle

August 2014
California Tax Incentive Bill Clears Final Hurdle

California Governor Jerry Brown has reached a deal with state Assembly and Senate leaders to pass AB 1839 – the California Film and Television Job Retention and Promotion Act, which will greatly expand and extend California's Film and Television Tax Credit Program. The agreement increases the tax credit to $330 million a year for five... »

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California Tax Incentive Bill Headed to the Senate Floor

August 2014
California Tax Incentive Bill Headed to the Senate Floor

California’s Senate Appropriations Committee yesterday unanimously approved a bill to expand the State’s tax incentive program to $400 million per year from its current $100 million cap. The bill, the California Film and Television Job Retention and Promotion Act of 2014 (AB 1839), will now head to the Senate floor for a vote, and... »

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California Film Commission Reports on the Tax Credit Program

July 2014
California Film Commission Reports on the Tax Credit Program

The California Film Commission released its annual report on the progress of the state’s film and television tax credit program yesterday. Facing fierce competition from states with more generous tax credit programs, like Georgia, Louisiana and New York, California’s Senate is currently considering bill AB 1839 (the California Film and Television Job Retention and... »

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TV Production Schedule Shift Boosts L.A. Filming

July 2014
TV Production Schedule Shift Boosts L.A. Filming

FilmL.A. updated its regional on-location filming report, showing a surge in television production for the second quarter of 2014. The organization, which serves as the official film office of the City of Los Angeles and surrounding areas, attributes the unexpected growth to production schedule shifts. »

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Television Academy Announces Emmy Nominations

July 2014
Television Academy Announces Emmy Nominations

The Television Academy announced the nominations for the 66th Emmy Awards this morning at the Leonard H. Goldenson Theatre in the NoHo Arts District, California. Television Academy chairman and CEO Bruce Rosenblum presided over the nominations along with Carson Daly from NBC’s Today Show and The Voice and Mindy Kaling from FOX’s The Mindy... »

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Report: POP Sound Closes its Doors

July 2014
Report: POP Sound Closes its Doors

According to a report from Deadline, Santa Monica-based sound facility Pacific Ocean Post closed its doors Monday, laying off 15-20 employees. »

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California’s Tax Incentive Bill Clears Another Hurdle

June 2014

California’s Senate Governance and Finance Committee passed the California Film and Television Job Retention and Promotion Act of 2014 (AB 1839) by a vote of 6-0. The legislation, authored by Assemblymen Raul Bocanegra (D-Pacoima) and Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles), and co-authored by more than 65 other legislators, would expand and improve the state’s current... »

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Quebec’s Film and TV Industry Mobilizes to Protect Tax Credits

June 2014

Quebec’s film, television and interactive media industries have formed a coalition to fight cutbacks to the province’s tax credit program proposed in the latest provincial budget. Quebec’s newly elected Liberal government tabled its budget June 4, which calls for a 20% cut in all tax credit programs, as well as hefty cuts to public... »

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Sarah Jones’ Family Files Wrongful Death Lawsuit in Midnight Rider Case

May 2014
Sarah Jones’ Family Files Wrongful Death Lawsuit in <em>Midnight Rider</em> Case

The family of Sarah Jones, the camera assistant who was killed Feb. 20 when she was struck by a train while filming Midnight Rider, filed a lawsuit this week against the film’s director, producers, some of its crew, Gregg Allman, distributor Open Road Films and the companies that own the railroad tracks and surrounding... »

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MPC NY Helps Bring the Pennzoil Ad Campaign to Life

May 2014
MPC NY Helps Bring the Pennzoil Ad Campaign to Life

Skunk director Raf Wathion and agency JWT Atlanta recently tapped MPC NY to bring the latest Pennzoil ad campaign to life in a visually new way – via the concept of projecting a series of 3D animations onto real vapor, tightly choreographed with live-action car performance and captured in camera using motion control –... »

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