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

FilmL.A. to Co-Present SAG Foundation Panel on Runaway Production, California Film Incentive

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On Thursday, June 6, at 7:00 p.m., The Screen Actors Guild Foundation, along with FilmL.A and the SAG-AFTRA Los Angeles Local, will present “LifeRaft: Made in L.A.” — a panel presentation focused on film production incentives and their effect on filming in California. The event, which is open to SAG-AFTRA and Equity members, is also available to non-member audiences online … Read More

FilmL.A. Works the Sundance Scene

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Earlier this month, FilmL.A. sent a small delegation to attend the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. The purpose of the trip was to network with film and television decision makers and help spread the message that Los Angeles is open for business. FilmL.A., of course, is at the center of that effort.  With complimentary production planning services, convenient cross-jurisdictional permitting and … 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

Sony Pictures’ Screen Gems Firmly “Planted” in Local Communities

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Sony Pictures has long been a supporter of sustainable practices. The studio emphasizes sustainability in the making of movies every step of the way — from sourcing renewable building materials to using bio-degradable products at craft services. The Studio’s specialty film label, Screen Gems, is firmly planted locally and contributes to the local planting of trees as well. Sony Pictures’ Screen … Read More

AFI Has Class at FilmL.A.

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On October 1, approximately 30 students from the American Film Institute attended an educational briefing at FilmL.A.  With a goal of helping to prepare them to be better filmmakers, the first-year students were given a tour of our office and an overview of local filming guidelines and processes.   Participants went over the step-by-step process to obtain a film permit … Read More

No Campaign, No Gain

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Launching a public education campaign to garner community and legislative support for the filmed entertainment industry has long been a goal of industry champions.  FilmL.A. Board Chair Pamm Fair, who also serves as Deputy National Executive Director for the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) has made getting such a campaign off the ground a top priority during her tenure.    This … Read More

New Council Committee Entertains Filming

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The Los Angeles City Council’s Jobs and Business Development Committee has been assigned oversight of filming issues, which until recently were under the City’s Public Works Committee.  Councilman Richard Alarcón has been appointed Chair of “Jobs” and has committed to an aggressive agenda to make it easier to film in Los Angeles.   The committee met on September 22 to … Read More