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February 23, 2000
Gerald R.Lampton Scott Wildman's Economics is for the Birds I take exception to Scott Wildman's contribution to the Community Forum, 'Let's Bring Hollywood Home.' (Feb. 17) Please, Scott, let's not. Wildman advocates a 10% tax credit for the labor costs of below-the-line workers in the film industry. But why should taxpayers provide a protectionist subsidy to the film industry? The answer is, they shouldn't. Film producers, driven by consumer demand for less expensive forms of entertainment, are forced by the marketplace to obtain the best value for their film production dollars.
By Mark Kellam, | August 20, 2011
The Dominican Republic has moved its California consulate to Glendale to be closer to movie studios and maybe get a bigger slice of the film-industry pie. It's also created a film commission and tax incentives to attract production companies. The consulate had a grand-opening celebration Saturday with executives from Disney, NBC Universal, Legendary Films and Cartoon Network on the guest list, said Ron Lizardo, vice-consul. Rafael Alburquerque, vice president of the Dominican Republic, also attended.
August 11, 2000
Alexa Capeloto Ralph Winter, co-producer of the smash film "X-Men," knew he had a hit when he couldn't get tickets to his own movie on opening night. Winter, who has lived in the Glendale area most his life, likes to watch his films with the public to see their reaction firsthand. But when "X-Men" opened July 14 at Pasadena's Pacific Hastings Theatres, the producer had to settle for a 10:30 p.m. showing because the 7:30 p.m. tickets were sold out. "It's fun to watch people enjoy your movie," said Winter, settling into an armchair in his office.
October 21, 2002
Gretchen Hoffman When customers tell Laurene Miller they want to be a flight attendant for Halloween, Miller doesn't think twice before launching into a barrage of questions: "Dead or alive? Domestic or foreign? Hugh Hefner's airline or a normal one?" "I try to get them to verbalize what's on their mind," said Miller, owner of Armies of the World. "Halloween should be lots of fun. We want them to walk out of here and take the prize." For Miller, that means thinking out of the box. Whether a customer walks in with some of his or her own clothing and a detailed vision of the ideal costume or needs an idea, she's ready to help.
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.
February 25, 2012
A bill was introduced in the state Assembly Thursday to extend by five more years the film and television tax credit program, which proponents say has created more than 20,000 jobs and generated more than $200 million in tax revenues. The bill, AB 2026, was introduced by Assemblyman Felipe Fuentes and co-sponsored by several lawmakers, including Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Silver Lake). Fuentes introduced a bill last year that extended the program, enacted in 2009, an extra year.
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)
By Jason Wells | December 19, 2009
GLENDALE — A recovering film industry helped tamp down local unemployment rates in November, pushing the mark back toward single-digit territory, according to state figures released Friday. The unemployment rate in Glendale slid to 10.6% last month, down from 11% in October. In Burbank, the jobless rate fell to 9.9% from 10.3% over the same period, according to the state Economic Development Department. Labor market specialists attributed the gains to continued strong activity in the film industry, which continues to buoy back from the 100-day Writers Guild strike in 2007.
December 28, 1999
Paul M. Anderson GLENDALE -- Filmmaking flourished in Glendale in its first decades. But when the silent era gave way to talkies, Glendale's film industry fizzled. As Glendale heads into a new millenium, the movie business appears to be making a Hollywood-style comeback. "It's kind of come full circle," said Rob Sharkey, president of the Glendale Homeowner's Coordinating Council, an umbrella organization for the city's homeowners associations.
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.
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