CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 27, 1990
Cliff Roseman, a location manager for some film company, is dead wrong. I, and many others, will not say "damn" when the film crews are gone. Good riddance is more like it. My neighborhood, with its old houses, was one of many favorites of the film companies. I haven't seen much of them lately, perhaps because of letters to Charles Weisenberg, director of the city's motion picture and television affairs office, and tactics such as asking for the crew's film permits. These permits have a definite ending time, and if they aren't cleaned up and out of there by that time, my neighbors and I let Weisenberg know.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 21, 1996 |
A military-type helicopter being used to make a TV commercial crashed Tuesday in the Mojave Desert, killing the co-pilot and slightly injuring two other men. The cause of the crash was not immediately known, authorities said. The co-pilot was identified as Mike Tamburro, believed to be in his 30s.
July 25, 2012 |
You can't win an Oscar by spamming George Clooney or boozing up the voters. That's the gist of one of the new rules the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced regarding Oscar campaigning, part of its ongoing effort to rein in studios and filmmakers aggressively touting their films during awards season. The academy updated its regulations Wednesday, stipulating that film companies may send a maximum of one piece of mail and one piece of email a week to academy members during the height of Oscar season, the period after the announcement of nominations on Jan. 15, 2013, and before the final polls close on Feb. 19, 2013.
March 15, 2013 |
Bad news for the "Breaking Bad" bill. New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez has vetoed a film tax incentive that would increase the state's film credit to 30% for TV series shooting at least six episodes in New Mexico. "I support the film industry as an important contributor to New Mexico's economy," Martinez said in a statement. "But like many New Mexicans, I previously questioned the logic of an unlimited subsidy to a single industry at the expense of other worthy and competing investments the state must make, including classroom spending and healthcare for the most needy.
June 1, 2013 |
Minnesota has a new Snowbate to entice film and TV productions. The state's new Film Production Jobs Program, known as Snowbate, has been voted into law. Minnesota lawmakers recently agreed to increase annual funding for the rebate program to $10 million from $500,000 starting July 1. Film producers also will now be eligible to receive a rebate of up to 25% for work done in the state, which is competing with dozens of other states that offer...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 6, 2004 |
A week of explosives-laden filming on the streets of downtown Los Angeles has left some residents and office workers rattled, prompting officials to consider new regulations governing the way the entertainment industry operates on city streets. Downtown has become a favorite location for filming everything from TV commercials and series to features and music videos. Officials estimate that downtown hosts hundreds of productions a year. But some central city denizens have had enough.
February 22, 2012 |
On the second floor of a hospital, a criminal profiler is strolling down a hallway with a colleague when an alarm goes off. Several doctors and nurses sprint past him to an intensive-care unit where a child, a potential witness to a crime, is being treated. The scene, for an upcoming episode of the CBS crime drama "Criminal Minds," actually unfolded last week on the former Sherman Way campus of Northridge Hospital Medical Center, which serves solely as a location backdrop for shows that have included several crime dramas such as TNT's "Rizzoli & Isles" and "Hawthorne.
November 16, 1986 |
It's true that Los Angeles no longer has the corner on location filming, that film companies are forsaking Hollywood in favor of other cities. The film industry blames the exodus on convoluted government regulations, on mounting location fees and a market in which mansions typically rent for $5,000 a day, as well as on shortsighted residents who love movies as long as the cameras aren't in their neighborhood. Yet there's still plenty of action here.
May 24, 2013 |
The fading yet controversial green bike lane that stretches through downtown Los Angeles on Spring Street may be getting a fresh coat of paint that all - including the temperamental asphalt - can live with. Bicyclists and downtown residents love the highly visible 1.4-mile bike lane that runs from Cesar Chavez to 9th Street. But film and TV location scouts hate the fluorescent green ribbon that runs through the heart of the most popular filming location in Los Angeles. Under bright lights, this particular green bounces off every surface it hits (including actors' faces)
January 21, 1988 |
Computer Memories, which has been trying to go out of business for some 18 months, is finding itself the object of a takeover fight. The nearly liquidated Chatsworth concern last month agreed to be absorbed by DIC, a Burbank company that is the nation's largest television cartoon factory. But an investment group led by Paul and Natalie Koether of Far Hills, N.J.