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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 20, 2012 | By David Zahniser, Los Angeles Times
Jolted by the possibility of a syphilis outbreak among its ranks, a Los Angeles-based trade group that represents the adult film industry announced a nationwide moratorium on X-rated productions while more than 1,000 porn performers are tested. The Free Speech Coalition issued the call on its website after reporting that one performer tested positive for syphilis, a sexually transmitted disease, and had begun notifying sexual partners of that information. The moratorium was announced Saturday, a day after Los Angeles County's Public Health Department said it was investigating a cluster of possible syphilis cases within the porn industry.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 23, 1997 | NICK GREEN
Santa Paula has rescinded its two-week-old moratorium on downtown movie filming.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.
NEWS
December 3, 1986 | HENRY WEINSTEIN, Times Labor Writer
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.
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 | JOSE CARDENAS and SHARON MOESER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
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.
NEWS
March 15, 2013 | By Richard Verrier
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 25, 2012 | By Rebecca Keegan
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 6, 2004 | Cynthia Daniels, Times Staff Writer
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.
BUSINESS
February 22, 2012 | By Richard Verrier, Los Angeles Times
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 1, 2013 | By Patrick McGreevy, Los Angeles Times
SACRAMENTO - During his State of the State address last week, Gov. Jerry Brown detoured from his high praise for state government's recent thrift to take aim at a program that he says wastes hundreds of millions of tax dollars. Brown's previous efforts to scale back or eliminate the $700-million Enterprise Zone Program gained little traction with lawmakers. The program, which gives employers tax credits of up to $37,000 for each hire they make in areas designated as blighted, has survived despite numerous studies concluding that it does little to create jobs or development.
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