Browsing All posts tagged under »economic impact of california film industry«

Hollywood Farm Aid: Reuss Ranch – The Unfinished Symphony

November 29, 2011 by

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While farming and ranching can often be profitable to land owners, sometimes extra cash is needed. One way to earn money off the land is to promote it as a filming location to film studios. That’s what the Ruess family did with their ranch in the San Fernando Valley near Calabasas and near the Paramount […]

Losing One Big-Budget Movie Worse than Losing Three Entire Seasons of Lakers Games for L.A. Economy

November 15, 2011 by

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Local media outlets from CBS local 2 to the Los Angeles Times have been heavily reporting the impact that an NBA lockout will have on the local economy and the thousands of people who work in and around the Staples Center during a combined 82 home games for the Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles […]

Guest Post: Cinema Is Los Angeles, And it Needs to Stay that Way

November 15, 2011 by

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(Ed. — Below is a post by guest blogger S. Carson, who responded to Film Works’ open invitation for guest posts.  Anyone interested in contributing as a guest blogger should email the campaign at info@filmworksla.com) Walking up the dimly lit stairs, I bounded to the top and settled myself directly in the middle chair. I […]

Bronson Canyon–The World’s Stand-in

November 2, 2011 by

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Best known as the location from which the Batmobile sped out every week in the 1960s in search of villains committing dastardly deeds, Bronson Canyon and its cave has been featured in dozens of movies and television shows because of its craggy, desolate, and remote location, though just minutes above Hollywood on Canyon Drive in Griffith […]

New Series of Articles from TheWrap Puts Spotlight on Hollywood Jobs Picture

October 27, 2011 by

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Last week,  TheWrap began running a series of fantastic articles about Hollywood and the jobs crisis.  The articles do not paint a very pretty picture for those working in California.  In TheWrap’s  lead article in the series, UCLA film professor Howard Suber describes the jobs situation in terms of supply and demand: “It’s the worst […]

Owner of Sunset Gower Studios’ Stage Cafe Talks Runaway Production, Importance of Film Biz

October 26, 2011 by

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Earlier this year, Film Works paid a visit to the beutiful and historic Sunset Gower Studios in Hollywood to interview Larry Laboe, co-founder of SXM and the Executive Director of NewFilmakers L.A..  During that interview (available HERE),  Larry introduced us to Allan Jones, a proud member of IATSE Local 80 who saw an opportunity to become […]

[VIDEO] Producer Talks Challenges of Filming On Location in L.A., Importance of the Film Industry to Economy

October 7, 2011 by

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In a wide ranging discussion in the video below, Larry Laboe, co-founder of SXM and the Executive Director of NewFilmakers L.A. talks about the importance of the Film Works campaign, his experiences filming on location in Los Angeles, dealing with people in the community when filming in their neighborhoods.  Larry’s company, SXM, produces branded entertainment […]

Expansion Plans at Three Major Studios Promise Thousands of Jobs, Billions in New Economic Activity for L.A. Region

September 30, 2011 by

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There are some very exciting plans at three of the major studios (Disney, Paramount, & NBCUniversal) to expand their operations significantly in California. If approved, these plans should offer hope to the thousands of workers and small businesses in California struggling through one of the longest and most devastating periods of runaway production in Hollywood’s history. Film […]

FilmL.A. President Urges Governor to Sign Extension of Film Incentive to Create Jobs, Preserve Industry

September 20, 2011 by

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Late last week, following the lead of Los Angeles City Councilman Paul Krekorian, FilmL.A. President Paul Audley sent Governor Brown a letter of his own urging him to sign AB1069, which extends the California Film & Television Tax Credit by an additional year.  The content of that letter is reprinted below.  To see a copy […]

“Drive” Helping Put Los Angeles Back On Screen, Local Economy Back on Feet

September 16, 2011 by

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Opening in theaters across the nation today is FilmDistrict’s Drive, which stars Ryan Gossling, Carey Mulligan and Albert Brooks.  The film is being widely praised by critics and has an impressive 94% rating at Rotton Tomatoes. The film was shot entirely on location in Los Angeles, which is a very rare event these days. Director […]