July 21, 1985
Three cheers to Palm Beach, Fla., councilwoman Nancy Douthit and the Palm Beach city council for refusing to allow Jerry Weintraub and his film crew on the streets of their city (Film Clips, by Jack Mathews, July 12). For much too long, film companies have taken the position that it is a God-given right for them to shoot anywhere and anytime they choose. They take the attitude that because they are "the movies," the average citizen is happy to put up with just about any inconvenience to get a glimpse of Hollywood glamour.
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...
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.
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April 23, 1997 |
Santa Paula has rescinded its two-week-old moratorium on downtown movie filming. The City Council voted unanimously Monday night to lift the moratorium as long as production companies reach written agreements with area merchants before approaching the city for a film permit. The ban will be reviewed again at the next council meeting in two weeks.
December 3, 1986 |
Cannon Group Inc. and the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) have reached a first-ever collective bargaining agreement covering all Cannon movies with a budget of more than $6 million to be made in 1987 and 1988. The agreement, jointly announced by Cannon and the union, brought to an end a brief strike by IATSE against the company last week.
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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.
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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.
May 18, 2012 |
Don't expect another marriage between Alcon Entertainment and Lionsgate anytime soon after the two film companies' rocky collaboration on this weekend's "What to Expect When You're Expecting. " Best known for producing and fully financing family-oriented fare like "Dolphin Tale" and "The Blind Side," Alcon late last year made its first deal to co-finance a movie produced by another studio. The $40-million adaptation of "What to Expect," based on the bestselling pregnancy book for preparing new parents, hits theaters this weekend with decent box-office expectations.
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.
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.