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NEWS
June 25, 2012
Last year's "Puss in Boots" was made on the lush 13-acre DreamWorks Animation campus in Glendale by 300 people working for four years at a cost of $130 million. Its knockoff was made on the second floor of an office building just two miles away - by 12 people, in six months, for less than $1 million. The DreamWorks version, which starred the voices of Antonio Banderas and Salma Hayek , was a box-office smash. The other, produced by tiny Renegade Animation, went direct to DVD . The animated knockoff is what's known in the film industry as a "drafting opportunity.
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NEWS
May 16, 2012
Amid mounting evidence that rival states are chipping away at California's movie and TV production business, a coalition of entertainment unions and film industry officials is renewing a push to provide long-term funding for California's popular film tax credit program. But the effort faces an uphill challenge in Sacramento, where lawmakers and Gov. Jerry Brown are wrestling with a wider-than expected $16-billion budget deficit. California currently sets aside $100 million annually for dozens of projects applying for credits that cover 20% to 25% of qualified production expenses.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
By Mark Kellam, mark.kellam@latimes.com | January 4, 2012
Technicolor Inc. plans to lay off 50 employees at its relatively new Flower Street facility by Jan. 14, according to a recent state filing. Plans for the layoffs, filed with the California Employment Development Department, affect the 40,000-square-foot lab in the San Fernando Road corridor where the company moved roughly 100 film-processing jobs last summer. Technicolor transferred the jobs to Glendale after it downsized and shuttered its North Hollywood facility. Last month, Technicolor released an update of its 2011 financial performance and objectives for 2012, in which the company said it was “considering a number of cost-reduction action plans.” Last January, Technicolor officials said the move to Glendale was a natural choice because of the city's push for its San Fernando Road Creative Corridor and because the facility would be close to DreamWorks Animation and the Walt Disney Co.'s Creative Campus.
NEWS
By Mark Kellam, mark.kellam@latimes.com | 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.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Brian McGackin | August 14, 2010
Everyone in Hollywood has a story, right? Countless aspiring actors, filmmakers and crewmembers have flocked to Los Angeles over the years looking for fame, fortune and glory via the silver screen. Each one brings with them a history, a memoir waiting to be written. While the lives and stories of those who are lucky enough to be born and raised around the film industry may not always seem as glamorous on the surface, often their adventures can be the most interesting. Academy Award-nominated cinematographer Jack Couffer ("Jonathan Livingston Seagull," 1973)
BUSINESS
By Christopher Cadelago | April 11, 2010
SOUTH GLENDALE — Spurred by a renewed appetite for 3-D media, the entertainment industry is expected to remain the fastest-growing employer in the region, a trend that bodes well for job seekers across Glendale and Burbank, labor analysts said. The Verdugo Workforce Investment Board on Thursday was presented with what analysts referred to as the first database of Glendale- and Burbank-based entertainment companies working in digital fields. The database of some 650 local businesses would be used to give the board a detailed snapshot of the region’s specialties and strengths, and the ability to match them with emerging technologies.
BUSINESS
By Zain Shauk | January 14, 2010
On-location film productions in Los Angeles County plummeted 19% in 2009 — the largest drop since the figure was first recorded in 1993 — contributing to the decline in working opportunities for the regional entertainment workforce, experts and observers said. Entertainment industry spending generates the majority of economic activity in Glendale and Burbank, where major motion picture and television studios — as well as related businesses ranging from prop shops to rental houses — are, experts said.
ENTERTAINMENT
By James Famera | December 30, 2009
Universal City opened for business March 15, 1915. It?s been nearly 100 years, yet the Strangest City in the World, as it was originally dubbed, is still the oldest operating movie studio in Los Angeles. Today, Universal City is mostly known for its world-renowned theme park and other tourist attractions. The city, however, played a prominent role in the early days of filmmaking and is the subject of a new book by author and La Crescenta resident, Robert S. Birchard. As part of Arcadia Publishing?
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