Biz Send this story to a friend Email address of friend (insert comma between multiple addresses): Your email address: Oct 7, 2013, 10:47am PDT Hollywood increases pressure on Sacramento to keep production in state Enlarge Bloomberg Chris Dodd and the MPAA are beefing up in the battle to get more support for film and television production from the California government. Email | Twitter The battle is on to get more support for film and television production from the California government. Only days after Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti put industry vet Tom Sherak in charge of lobbying Sacramento for more tax credits for Hollywood, the Motion Picture Association of America has issued a new call to bolster the incentive program for big-budget blockbusters. Currently, the California film tax credit program only allocates $100 million a year, a paltry sum for the number of productions that could potentially shoot in state. The credits exclude feature films with budgets over $75 million and TV pilots. Considering that large features and TV shows could employ thousands of Californians, itas an issue that concerns many in Hollywood. “You are well aware film and TV production here in Los Angeles faces another challenge a the growing number of productions moving out of this state and out of the country,” MPAA Chairman Chris Dodd said while speaking at a Valley Industry and Commerce Association luncheon on Friday. “Other communities are feverishly developing their own film and television production infrastructure, both human and physical. They have come to realize what California has always known: Film and television productions are important job creators and economic generators,” Dodd noted. He also observed that 11 of this year’s 12 major blockbusters released in theaters were filmed outside of the state. “I know the studios I represent would prefer, everything else being equal, to make their films and television programs here in California, for many reasons,” Dodd said. “Therefore, for starters, the size and number of available tax credits needs to be increased and bigger productions must be allowed to qualify for them. We also need to give long-term productions, particularly television series, the ability to plan further ahead than their current season.” Gina Hall is a Los Angeles-based writer and producer with more than 10 years experience in television, documentary and feature film production. She is a graduate of USCas School of Cinematic Arts and blogs for the Huffington Post at huffingtonpost.com/gina-hall Related links:
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