September 27, 2013 |
Veteran Hollywood executive Tom Sherak has a new role: Los Angeles film czar. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti on Thursday appointed Sherak to be his senior film advisor and help stem the flow of production that has taken a toll on the city's signature film and television business. Sherak, the former president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, will lead Garcetti's efforts to make L.A. more film friendly and persuade state lawmakers to do more to support the state's entertainment industry, the mayor said in a statement.
September 18, 2013 |
Even before he took office, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti vowed to name a film czar to serve as an industry advocate in City Hall and to help stop runaway production. But nearly three months later, Garcetti is still searching for someone to fill the position, underscoring the challenges of finding the right person for what some might consider the impossible job of persuading Sacramento to do more to help Hollywood. "It's been a struggle for everyone who wants this to happen and wants this to move forward, but it doesn't surprise me," said Ed Duffy, business agent and vice president for Teamsters Local 399, which represents location managers, casting directors and studio drivers.
August 27, 2013 |
Funny business will rock Baja, Mexico, this fall when the first Cabo Comedy Festival kicks off Oct. 2. The five-day event , which will be held at area nightclubs, will feature stand-up headliners and include a best-newcomer competition made up of opening act-level performers. The event is being produced by Los Angeles-based Zaring Group , and is being supported by the Mexico Tourism Board and the state of Baja. "The Cabo Comedy Festival will shine the spotlight of the entertainment industry on Los Cabos and Baja California Sur," said Ruben Reachi, Baja secretary of tourism, "It will bring fans from around the world.
August 20, 2013
Re “ Film tax credits rip off states ,” Column, Aug. 4 Michael Hiltzik raised some good points but left out many important facts about the success of California's Film and Television Incentive Program. He raised questions on how we incentivize film production to stay here in California. As the author of AB 3, legislation seeking to extend the incentive program next year, stakeholders and I have been working for months to see how we can make improvements. Hiltzik cited a letter by the Legislative Analyst's Office to show that film tax credits aren't a good deal for Californians.
August 7, 2013 |
AMC's “Breaking Bad,” about a high school chemistry teacher who starts manufacturing crystal meth to pad his family's savings after learning he has terminal lung cancer, closes its final chapter beginning Sunday. It's bittersweet for fans of the critically acclaimed show who appreciate creator Vince Gilligan's willingness to break with convention . How often do you get hooked on a show whose main character transforms into a sociopath with no redeeming qualities? Other programs have had “ lovable sociopaths ,” but Gilligan took a risk by committing to a story arc designed to have viewers fall out of love with the main character.
June 26, 2013 |
Hollywood's job market dimmed last month. After three consecutive months of year-over-year job gains, the entertainment industry posted a nearly 4% decline in jobs in May, state employment figures show. The motion picture and sound recording category -- which includes those working at the major studios, post-production houses and on film crews - accounted for 112,100 wage and salary jobs in May, down from 116,500 jobs a year earlier and 128,500 jobs in April. The figures are subject to revision and do not count those who work as freelancers or independent contractors.