California Assembly Bill 1839: Keeping Film and TV Production Jobs in California

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California’s preeminent place in the global economy comes from a continuous drive for more and better opportunities, constant growth and never settling for the status quo. That drive is at the heart of new legislation, AB 1839, authored by Assembly members Mike Gatto and Raul Bocanegra. California’s Film and Television Tax Credit Program is one of the state’s most efficient and … Read More

The Advantages of Shooting in California

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(This is a guest post submitted by Film Works supporter Zack Mandell, a movie enthusiast and owner of www.movieroomreviews.com and writer of movie reviews.  He writes extensively about the movie industry for sites such as Gossip Center, Yahoo, NowPublic, and Helium.) California is famous for several reasons.  In the last fifty years, the state has spawned two presidents.  It is … Read More

Expansion Plans at Universal Focus on Filmmaking, Tourism and Thousands of Jobs

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Earlier this year, we reported on the Southern California expansion plans currently underway by Paramount, Disney and NBCUniversal.  Each studio’s project means billions invested in the local economy and, more importantly, tens of thousands of jobs.  In the coming months, Film Works will follow up on each plan as they progress with in-depth articles.  First up, NBCUniversal. Earlier this month, … Read More

Altadena Nonprofit Raises Almost $10,000 from Film & TV Production, Donates Money Locally

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The entertainment industry touches the lives of everyone living in the Greater Los Angeles Region.  Many of us work in the industry ourselves, or are close to one or more people who do.  Others of us — who may not consider ourselves to be “in the business” — nonetheless work for companies that the industry financially supports.  For many Angelenos, … Read More

Star Waggons: A Star for the Local Economy

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If Star Waggons’ Jason Waggoner had his way, celebrities would say “I’ll be in my Star Waggon” instead of, “I’ll be in my trailer.”  Started by Jason’s father, Lyle Waggoner, in the early 1980s, Star Waggons is a local manufacturing and equipment rental powerhouse with an impressive fleet of over 800 custom-built film trailers.  That’s right, the bulk of the … Read More