January 2, 2014 |
Hollywood stakeholders are calling on California to bolster its film and TV tax credit to keep its homegrown industry from permanently leaving the state. Film industry and union officials are mobilizing to back legislation this year that would substantially increase funding for the state's film incentive program and lift some restrictions to make the program more competitive with those offered by New York, Georgia and other states and countries. "The bottom line is, these countries and these states realize what production means to them, and we have to show them [lawmakers]
December 21, 2013 |
I got the gist of the "Duck Dynasty" thing after my first and only viewing: bunch of rural jackasses who somehow struck it rich get brought into our living rooms to be laughed at by the rest of us aristocrats. Well, all right. When the archetype first appeared on television via the "Beverly Hillbillies" it was also enormously popular, but also taken as an illustration of how TV was living down to its condemnation by FCC Chairman Newton Minow as a " vast wasteland . " In any event, A&E knew what it was doing when it put these people on the air, so its show of indignation in "suspending" one of them for speaking out against gays and the aspirations of African Americans falls a little flat. What's truly ghastly, however, is the reaction of a couple of political figures.
June 28, 2013 |
Handing Gov. Jerry Brown a major legislative victory, the Assembly narrowly passed controversial legislation to overhaul California's enterprise zones, which hand out $750 million a year in tax breaks to businesses. Brown's proposal, the centerpiece of his economic development strategy, all but eliminates the power of the state's 40 locally controlled enterprise zones and replaces the program with a broader, statewide series of business incentives. Lawmakers on Thursday sent the controversial bill, AB 93, to the governor's desk by a 54-16 bipartisan vote.
June 27, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO — Gov. Jerry Brown's controversial plan to overhaul state enterprise zones, approved by the state Senate, now heads for the Assembly, where it faces tough sledding possibly as early as Friday. After major compromises with business groups, the bill passed 30 to 9 on Tuesday night. Three Republicans joined Democrats to give it a needed supermajority of two-thirds of the 40-member chamber. The bill, AB 93, all but eliminates the $750-million-a-year, locally controlled enterprise zones and replaces them with a broader, statewide series of business incentives.
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...
March 14, 2013 |
Still skeptical about solar power -- and especially about the wisdom of installing panels on your own rooftop? One can hardly be blamed, given horror stories about the difficulties in getting assistance from local utilities such as the L.A. Department of Water and Power. Yet more and more Californians are doing it anyway -- because it's paying off. The California Public Utilities Commission, which tracks solar installations statewide, on Thursday updated its ticker to show that California has now installed 1.5 gigawatts of rooftop solar, roughly equivalent to what would be generated by three medium-sized coal-fired power plants, according to clean energy expert Michelle Kinman at Environment California.