REMINDER: Permit Operations Policy

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Here at FilmL.A. we strive to serve and support our production clients with a high level of customer service, prompt responsiveness, flexibility, and up-to-the-minute location and neighborhood updates. Ultimately, we are here to provide assistance and guidance toward the common goal of successful on-location production. We are aware that the nature of production often includes last-minute schedule changes, talent or … Read More

L.A. Keeping Pace with Trends in Film Office Function

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Last month, the Atlanta City Council approved the creation of a City Office of Entertainment, a move that local media said would help to “streamline the permit process” to shoot in the city and “mitigate neighborhood impacts” from filming. If these phrases sound familiar, then you probably know about FilmL.A. and the work we do here in Los Angeles.  Formed … Read More

Pedaling Good Will – Industry and Bike Advocates Working Together

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Recently, Los Angeles City Hall devised a plan to create a network of safe bicycle lanes throughout the city. Last autumn, using federal funding, the City created a new bike lane downtown on Spring Street. The federally-supported lane was painted a government-mandated shade of iridescent green in order to distinguish the lane from those used by cars. The filming community, … Read More

FilmL.A. Moderates Panel on California Film Incentive

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On Thursday, January 26, 2012, FilmL.A. VP Todd Lindgren moderated a panel sponsored by Manpower and the Valley Industry and Commerce Association (VICA) focusing on California’s Film and Television Tax Credit Program. The panel was comprised of: The Honorable Felipe Fuentes, CA State Assemblyman (D, 39th District)   Amy Lemisch, Executive Director, California Film Commission   Matthew Gross, Executive Producer, … Read More

Filming Without a Permit Could Really Cost You

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In tough economic times, individuals, families and businesses find ways to slash budgets, streamline and “go without”.  One such risky ploy to save money seems be happening more frequently — production companies “going without” a film permit.  While pinching pennies is prudent, filming without a permit is illegal and can be costly. It’s been two years now since the Los … Read More

California Gets (Curtailed) Extension of Film & Television Tax Credit

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Earlier this month, Governor Brown signed a one-year extension of the California Film & Television Tax Credit Program. The bill (AB1069-Fuentes), was vital to protecting our entertainment industry and putting tens of thousands of Californians to work by keeping billions of dollars of film industry spending in-state. While the Governor’s support for AB1069 was welcomed by many of the bill’s … Read More

FilmL.A. Staff Invited to Sacramento as Expert Witnesses in Legislative Process

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Public participation in government is essential for democracy. Yet, there is often a level of public detachment from the seemingly mundane workings of state government in Sacramento. But, every once in awhile, a bill comes along that promises a real impact on the day-to-day lives of Californians. One such bill – AB1069 – promises an economic return benefiting every citizen … Read More

Support for Film Industry Does Not Negate Its Responsibilities

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Filmmakers are seeing a lot to like about Los Angeles these days.  Not since the City and County of Los Angeles collaborated to create FilmL.A. and streamline the film permit process in 1995 has the City shown such a concerted effort to support the filmed entertainment industry. However, recognizing the importance of the film industry does not negate the responsibility … Read More

Film U: City Council Film Liaisons Get Educated

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In October 2009, the Los Angeles City Council passed a series of nineteen recommendations designed to make the City more film-friendly.  One of the recommendations was to have each council office designate a film liaison to be that office’s point person on film issues.  On June 24th, FilmL.A. hosted a day-long training session that provided these liaisons an in-depth look … Read More