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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.
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.
April 5, 2000
Mr. Emzy Veasy III, throw in the towel on your current employment. Join the true roller-coaster ride with the rest of us in the entertainment industry. Here is what you can expect: Even in "good" years you'll be sending out your resume and making endless phone calls seeking new employment after your TV, film or commercial job ends at least every nine months or as often as every two to three days. When you do secure a position and prepare to begin work sometime in the coming weeks, you often receive a call informing you that the production has, in fact, decided to shoot in Canada where Canadians will be employed in your position.
By by mary o’keefe valley sun | May 23, 2008
The Glendale Police Department substation front window in Montrose sparkles a little more brilliantly now thanks to a local resident and businessman. Several years ago the substation?s front window was vandalized by graffiti that had been etched into it. The station?s rent is paid for by Montrose Shopping Park but there was not money in Glendale?s budget to repair the glass. It wasn?t in danger of breaking but the idea that graffiti was etched into it didn?t go along with the image of what Officer Jerry Uebel wanted the Montrose station to portray.
By Garen Aliksanian | May 12, 2007
The movie business can be harsh. Jack Piandaryan, founder of Piandaryan Films LLC, is well aware of that, but he's hoping that his company's release of its first feature film, "The Parallel," will be his big break. The film, a drama about paying attention to the world around you and not taking anything for granted, was released exclusively at Laemmle's Town Center 5 in Encino on Friday. Piandaryan's journey to his film's opening began as a child in Armenia. There he would spend his allowance going to the local movie theater, sneaking into movies once he ran out of money.
By Brittany Levine, | 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 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.
By Jason Wells | March 23, 2009
BURBANK — Burbank and Glendale claim many of the largest movie studios in the world — Warner Brothers, Paramount, Dreamworks, the Walt Disney Company — but it took until Sunday for one of the cities to host a bona fide film festival. The inaugural Burbank International Film Festival kicked off its weeklong program Sunday at Woodbury University in an effort to showcase the city’s prominent role in the filmmaking industry. The festival’s itinerary offers a mix of screenings and industry panel discussions throughout the week, culminating March 29 with an awards ceremony and live performances by Glendale native and Academy Award-nominated film composer John Debney and Burbank’s multi-platinum vocalist Mark Slaughter, of the metal band Slaughter.
By Charly Shelton | May 12, 2006
It may not exactly feel like summer yet but to the film industry it is. The summer films begin peeking up through the fertilized soil of Hollywood's publicity machine in the spring. It starts with a bang, Mission Impossible 3 staring Tom Cruise was released this weekend. The $150 million film brought in 48 million its first weekend. The movie is getting good reviews and is worth seeing. Word of mouth will probably bring its totals up. To fulfill part of the remake quota, Hollywood is giving us "Poseidon," the remake of the 1972 movie "Poseidon Adventure."
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