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L.A. City Council to consider creating a city film commission to market Los Angeles

The Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday will consider creating the Los Angeles Film Commission to market the city to the film industry and help stem runaway production.

Councilman Richard Alarcon proposed the idea, saying L.A. needs a more aggressive effort to "sell’’ Los Angeles to film and TV producers. FilmL.A. Inc., the nonprofit that coordinates on-location film permits for the city and much of Los Angeles County, does not market the city as a filming location, the councilman said.

According to the California Film Commission, the state’s share of U.S. feature-film production dropped to 31% in 2008 from 66% in 2003. Most of that drop-off was in the Los Angeles area, where feature filming in 2008 was nearly half what it was at its peak in 1996.

A survey by FilmL.A. found that only 57% of all TV pilots were shot in the L.A. area this year, down from 81% in 2004.

The City Council already is considering offering tax refunds to production companies and tax credits to building owners who make their properties available for filming. The council also wants to increase the availability of power outlets in downtown L.A. so that filmmakers don’t have to rely on portable generators, saving money and reducing noise levels for downtown residents.

Alarcon’s proposal would require the council’s chief legislative analyst to review the best ways to develop a film commission and also to provide an economic analysis of its potential effect on the film industry in Los Angeles.

-- Phil Willon at L.A. City Hall

Comments () | Archives (9)

The will end up as just another political appointment program for pay backs for this City’s Corrupt Political Machine. What part of financial crisis is not understood by this Patron of a Mayor and the City Council?
This Council has to demand more of its presently appointed commissions to step up for this task. This Council has asked the Unions to pay the cost of its inability to balance a budget and employees are asked to do more with less staff and at a reduction in salary.
Get real City of Los Angeles; we can not afford to bankroll more commissioners that the Mayor owes political favors to.

Why do we need to market a business that was born here? Just offer the same incentives that other states offer in tax reductions and the like, and productions will stay here instead of going where the tax breaks are.

My gosh I cannot believe the idiocy of politics.

We've been watching runaway production for about 20 years now. It's a shame we didn't have a proactive city and state government back when it would have been much easier to keep our industry where it belongs.

Maybe should reclassify the Film and TV businesses as "green", that way the Mayor would notice it. Incredible how little is done about businesses leaving here, you shouldn't be surprised we're going bankrupt.

How about getting rid of the film permit fee? Is that too simple?

There is no better "stimulus" than film production. Talk about "shovel ready"! and I know you were being facetious Louweegie272, but film is non-destructive and "green" and becoming more so.

this is great news... all I can say is "ABOUT TIME!"

What about Film L.A., which was set up by the City and County?

As usual, Alarcon and the rest of the city council are too late! I, along with countless others including vendors lost our jobs when ABC Studios production of Ugly Betty left LA to film in NY as NY offered great tax credits. I would say, "wake up LA", but it's really too late. Pilot season is just around the corner, and it looks like NY and Canada are going to be the winners again!

C'mon. We don't need a panel of "voluteers" to bandy about a solution for months/years. Council should just offer the same breaks that lured the production away. ARGGGGGGG!


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