December 17, 2013
Re: “ Film permits on a roll ,” Dec. 14. Kudos to City Clerk Ardy Kassakhian for creating a full-time position for film permitting in Glendale. I'm glad that Glendale is embracing the fact that some of the largest film studios in the world are located just minutes from our city. This is a great potential source of revenue for the city, which doesn't require raising the taxes of citizens. It's also a great way to help the local economy and to help make sure that money and jobs stay here rather than go to other states, which continue to steal production from California.
December 14, 2013
The number of film permits issued in Glendale has been rising at such a pace that the Civil Service Commission this week greenlighted a new position just to handle the influx. Film permits are currently issued by an office services specialist in the City Clerk's office, but making it a full-time job for an employee will better serve the film industry, which can bring increased revenue to the city, said City Clerk Ardy Kassakhian at a Wednesday meeting of the commission, which handles human resources issues.
November 29, 2013
Thank you to the Glendale News-Press for covering President Obama's visit to DreamWorks this week. The film industry is definitely an important part of our local economy. What was missing from the story was the “neighborhood” perspective - how often do Glendale residents witness four military helicopters landing at Toll Middle School or a Presidential motorcade headed southbound on Concord Street? The logistics of landing aircraft on a school athletic field, and security and safety for the President were all-important.
November 26, 2013
After touring DreamWorks Animation and meeting film industry representatives, President Obama told a crowd of about 2,000 people at the company's expansive Glendale campus on Tuesday that the entertainment industry has been a bright spot during a protracted financial crisis. “This is one of America's economic engines,” Obama said, adding that U.S. officials should strive to keep it that way by giving the industry a competitive edge. PHOTOS: President Obama visits DreamWorks Animation in Glendale According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the motion picture, sound recording and broadcasting industries added 4,100 jobs in October, or a 0.6% increase.
November 22, 2013
A garden shed in a northern-beaches suburb of Sydney, Australia, may sound like a remote connection to a Three Stooges film festival being held at Glendale's Alex Theatre on Nov. 30, but the rare find by a film collector there has fans of the zany comedy trio rejoicing. The Three Stooges, a former Vaudevillian troupe, made 190 short films in their long Hollywood career. One film, the Technicolor “Hello Pop,” an MGM 18-minute backstage musical made in 1933 was thought lost forever when a fire at MGM studios in 1967 destroyed what was then thought to be the last print.
September 18, 2013
If you ask Richard Smith how he's doing, you're bound to get the same answer any time of the week. "It's just another day in Paradise," he says with a smile. With a clear view of the starry sky every night, the kind of silence that brings on a healthy dose of contemplation and neighbors that include bobcats, quail and deer, it's hard to believe that Smith, his wife, Nong, and their dog, Cody, call Los Angeles home. But they've traded the traffic and busy city life for a different view and perspective.
April 17, 2013
Marcel Vercoutere, age 87, of Burbank, passed away peacefully on Saturday, April 13 at his home, surrounded by family. He is survived by his lovely wife of 59 years Carolyn, his children Charlotte, Barbara, Jon and Dan as well as grandchildren and great-grandchildren. A veteran of World War II serving in the U.S. Navy, Marcel also had a long and distinguished career in his 35 years in the motion picture industry, as an innovative special-effects artist with several critically acclaimed films and television series to his credit (a longtime member of IATSE local 44)
February 13, 2013
Assemblyman Mike Gatto -- whose district includes the studio-heavy cities of Burbank, Glendale and part of Hollywood -- has been appointed to the California Film Commission. The commission handles permitting for filming on state property, and supports in-state film production through tax credits and other assistance - an important role given the recent years long trend of film shoots moving out of state to take advantage of lower costs. In a statement Tuesday, Gatto said he was proud to have been appointed to the commission given the fact that he represents “many of the studios, executives, creative and technical staff and talent that make up one of California's most critical industries.” Gatto, appointed Assembly Speaker John Perez, joins 21 other members on the commission.
January 2, 2013
Griffith Park, Point Dume, the 6th Street Bridge near downtown L.A. and a former community hospital in Boyle Heights reputed to be haunted ranked among the most popular film locations in 2012, according to a new survey. Eight of the top 10 sites for shoots of movies, TV shows, commercials and music videos on city and county streets are publicly owned, the annual survey conducted for the Los Angeles Times by FilmL.A. Inc. found. "We continue to see a considerable amount of filming that happens on government-owned properties or facilities, from beaches and parks, to public schools and libraries," said Phil Sokoloski, spokesman for FilmL.A., which handles film permits.
November 16, 2012
The film and television industry in Los Angeles County has lost more than 16,000 jobs since 2004, mostly due to work migrating out of state, a new report revealed. Last year, the entertainment business generated 102,100 jobs in the county, down 14% from its peak of 118,200 jobs in 2004, according to a study released Friday by the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp. During the same period, L.A.'s share of overall jobs in the motion picture and video category fell to 51% from 60%. (The figures exclude employment in the music and post-production industries.)