May 5, 2010 |
Steve Carell 's latest romantic comedy was originally set in a nondescript suburb in New York or New Jersey. But the actor's tight schedule and starring role in NBC 's locally shot sitcom "The Office," combined with California's film tax credit, made Los Angeles more attractive. So the setting was changed. The star of the current release "Date Night" and "The 40 Year Old Virgin" recently began shooting the movie about a harried father and his marital woes in various locations in the L.A. area.
April 14, 2010 |
Some Hollywood star power is lighting up local film production. Topping the list is Tom Hanks, whose production company, Playtone Productions, is about to begin shooting "Larry Crowne" next week in various locations around Los Angeles. Hanks directs and stars in the comedic drama opposite Julia Roberts, with whom he paired in the 2007 Universal Pictures film "Charlie Wilson's War." Adam Sandler also is starring in and producing a romantic comedy with Jennifer Aniston called "Just Go With It" that has been filming for several weeks around town, including scenes last week at the Los Angeles Convention Center.
February 24, 2010 |
Hollywood has never been shy about self-promotion, except when it comes to touting its own backyard. New York touts a "Made in N.Y." program featuring local film and TV production crew members who share their work experience in the city. Los Angeles, however, has been low key -- some would say complacent -- when it comes to singing the praises of filming close to home at a time when rivals beyond California's borders are grabbing a bigger share of the production pie. Now, a coalition of industry, labor and city officials wants to remedy the situation by launching a broad-based public education campaign that would herald the economic benefits of the film industry to Los Angeles -- while thanking local residents for putting up with the occasional inconvenience of crews in their neighborhoods.
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November 29, 2009 |
In a campaign where jobs and unemployment have become a signature issue, the two candidates seeking to replace former Los Angeles City Councilwoman Wendy Greuel are fighting over who will do more to stem the exodus of Hollywood production. With feature film production down 37% citywide compared to the same period last year, former Paramount Pictures Corp. executive Christine Essel and Assemblyman Paul Krekorian (D-Los Angeles) agree on one thing: City officials have waited far too long to address the issue.
October 8, 2009 |
Can free parking in Los Angeles help to stem the migration of TV and film production to other cities and states? Probably not. But that most coveted of Los Angeles benefits was one of a series of recommendations adopted Wednesday by the L.A. City Council aimed at making it easier for producers to film locally and discouraging them from taking their business elsewhere. Among the recommendations are to consider a tax credit for building owners who make their properties available for filming and a refund of sales tax paid by production companies when at least 75% of the filming is done within the city.
July 18, 2009
Re "Getting quieter on the Hollywood sets," July 12 I do not know whether it is the mayor, City Council, Board of Supervisors or the governor, but whoever it is, they need to do whatever it takes to keep film production in Los Angeles. My neighbor, along with a crew of almost 50 people, left recently for 90 days for a Disney film shoot in Toronto. Need I write more? Andrew E. Woodward Los Angeles -- The Times reports that we have lost a huge percentage of businesses related to movie and television production, one of the crown jewels of the state's history, culture and economy.
July 12, 2009 |
In an industrial yard behind Burbank's Bob Hope Airport, dozens of orange forklifts and 135-foot-high booms stand idle, gleaming in the afternoon sunlight. As recently as two years ago, the yard was largely empty because the equipment was busy being used to hoist cameras, rig lights and build sets for "Iron Man," "Get Smart," "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" and other movies shooting throughout Southern California.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 19, 2008 |
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has appointed Christine Essel, a veteran executive at Paramount Pictures Corp., to the Board of Airport Commissioners. If approved by the City Council, she will replace Sylvia Reyes-Patsaouras, who resigned in October. Essel, 58, is a senior vice president responsible for government and community affairs, which includes public relations, legislative advocacy, handing the company's philanthropic endeavors, and maintaining Paramount's political relationships at all levels of government.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 11, 2008 |
Norman Thaddeus Vane was just four minutes into his speed-dating matchup when he fell in love . . . with Palmdale. "I'm going to use an old gas station and cafe there that I just found out about," the veteran filmmaker said. "Eighty percent of the movie can be shot at that location." Vane and 75 other studio and TV production executives, independent producers and location scouts were learning Thursday about movie-making opportunities in cities and counties across California.
August 5, 2007
Re "Tax cuts! Rebates! Action!" editorial, Aug. 1 I think The Times is missing the point. Movie and TV production companies simply shop around for the best price on their locations. Other states have figured out that film, TV and commercial production is a cash cow, and they have reaped huge rewards by opening their doors to our homegrown industry. It is the working Californians who are hurt.