November 3, 2002
Your Oct. 29 front-page article, "Film Agency's Chief Finds Himself in D.A. Spotlight," about Los Angeles' Entertainment Industry Development Corp., was a jaw-dropper. So the discredited head of the agency, Cody Cluff, wined and dined Hollywood bigwigs as if he, himself, were a film mogul! Until they caught up with him, Cluff had his cake and ate it too. However, he is not the first and will not be the last to let his proximity to show biz go to his head. The details of the agency's machinations and tossing of cash from the money tree that keeps the EIDC afloat are not unbelievable when you keep in mind that no one within the government of Los Angeles kept an eye on it and how it was operating.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 8, 1997
Re "Battle Scenes" (April 2) and homeowner Veda Weisman's self-righteous anger over her neighborhood's invasion by a film crew: Does Weisman go to the movies? Does she watch television, videos? How are these entertainments to be created? Is Weisman enjoying the benefits of Los Angeles' strong economic base, due in no small part to the thriving entertainment business? Even if the answer to all of these questions is no, the fact that she disrupted filming with her house alarm until she was paid $200 a day invalidates her points of principle--it's less the act of an indignant homeowner who has the avenue of city government to resolve her issues, and more shows the colors of an opportunist.
June 9, 2002
On behalf of film technicians everywhere, let me apologize to Jim Bosche and to the many other Los Angeles residents who get routinely disturbed by our work (Letters, May 26). When working, we try to keep in mind that wherever we film, we will undoubtedly disturb (and often upset) residents who live near our sets. We try to keep that to a minimum, but it happens. That's not our goal, it's just a byproduct of making movies and television shows. I am forever amazed, however, that residents of L.A. routinely complain about film production.
September 1, 1999 |
While Hollywood is fretting about a downturn in production and the flight of jobs to cheaper markets such as Canada and Australia, a certain niche of the entertainment world is quietly flourishing: porn. This summer, grips, gaffers and best boys of mainstream movie-making are marching down Hollywood Boulevard in an effort to save their jobs.
January 23, 1999 |
Underscoring the cooling-off of Southern California's entertainment economy, shooting on the streets of Los Angeles dipped sharply last year as tighter spending sliced into film, TV and commercial production. The numbers released Friday by Entertainment Industry Development Corp., which issues permits for about 80% of the shooting done in Los Angeles County, show an overall drop of 4% in production days, or days spent shooting in areas of Los Angeles outside of sound stages.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 2, 1997 |
It's not exactly the War of the Roses, but in Veda Weisman's eyes it's no less a battle for the heart and soul of her once-serene little corner of Pacific Palisades. For the last two weeks, Weisman and a handful of residents have waged a sometimes covert war of wills against perhaps the most imposing army any neighborhood could face: one with huge trucks, endless scores of soldiers, commanders in fancy hats and enough money to operate the most sophisticated of battle machines.