What They Are Saying: Film Friendliness

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Southern California Cities | Business and Entertainment Stakeholders | California Governors | California State Legislature | Los Angeles County Supervisors

Southern California Cities

Regarding the new film rules:
“The clearer standards have allowed the City to have one film liaison, reducing the need for multiple employees in multiple departments to deal with a permit request. Since the communication has occurred up front between departments, the film permit liaison understands the requirements and can pass that information on. We estimate that we have saved a minimum of one hour of staff time for each permit. It seems that even more time is saved by the film permit applicant.”
– Craig Hensley, Community Development Director, City of Duarte

“The City’s business friendly film permit ordinance, incorporating the California Film Commission’s Model Film Ordinance, is in movement toward adoption. The ordinance includes minimizing the City’s application processing period and creating a set list of fees reflecting only the cost the City incurs when public property, facilities and services are utilized. Schematics are in development to utilize the City’s website as a portal to advertise popular and unique film locations available within Pico Rivera, such as the Sports Arena, which has already appeared in several commercials and films, and our newly renovated park facilities. Each film location will have a mini-profile that will provide details regarding a description of the facility, direct contact information for booking and permits, associated costs, if any, and site photographs. A coordination effort is also in progress to ensure all pertinent departments are committed to the adoption of an efficient, fair and business friendly film permit ordinance.”
– Christina Gallagher, Assistant Planner, City of Pico Rivera

“Carson has been the home of many productions over the years. Film makers told us our policies were getting in the way of getting the job done. We listened and developed new regulations that meet the community’s needs and the industry’s needs at the same time. With so many great filming locations in town, it would be a shame to have them go unused.”
– Barry Waite, Business Development Manager, City of Carson

“Filming not only supports local, high paying jobs, but is a big benefit for the community and our businesses as a result of production spending while filming on location.”
– Mayor Frank Ferry, City of Santa Clarita Dr. Christine Cooper, “City’s Estimated Filming Impact Exceeds $21 Million”, Santa Clarita Valley News, 7/16/2012

Day said she is supportive of the statewide ordinance. “I think it’s a great thing and it helps everyone come to a standardized level,” she said. “Long Beach is already on the map for filming. We’re fifth in the nation, pretty equal with Pasadena.”
– Tasha Day, Business Development Manager, City of Long Beach, “State Faces Intense Competition to Keep Business Here”, Long Beach Business Journal, 7/31/2012

“I think all of the different film liaisons throughout California wish the state would understand the importance of this business and how much the tax incentives drive film productions to other jurisdictions…I really think it’s a helpful step-by-step guide for communities that might not know how to handle film productions in a responsible way. Some jurisdictions have very long permit-review periods. That’s a disincentive for film companies because many of them have very short production windows.”
– Ariel Penn, Filming Manager, Pasadena City Film Office

Business and Entertainment Stakeholders

“The Model Film Ordinance is a valuable tool for helping municipalities become more film-friendly, as well as more adept at dealing with how filming impacts the local community. This region has more experience and know-how than anywhere in the world when it comes to managing film and TV production, and it’s simply good policy for local governments to follow established best practices. Widespread adoption of the MFO will help Southern California create jobs and compete more effectively against runaway production.”
– Amy Lemisch, Executive Director, California Film Commission

“Given California’s persistent high unemployment rate, cities and counties are taking the lead locally to ensure that they retain important revenue generating industries and attract additional business. Southern California is home to ‘Hollywood’ – it is our heritage, but cannot be taken for granted. By including the MFO/BP in Phase II of our Economic Recovery & Job Creation Strategy we are clearly stating that supporting the entertainment industry is critical to our region’s economy and future. In addition, this is only the beginning of government, business and an industry specialist working together to adopt business-friendly principles that secure a prosperous California.”
– Glen Becerra, President and CEO, Southern California Association of Governments

“Despite being recognized as the entertainment capital of the world, Southern California must take additional steps to retain film and television production. So, I encourage cities throughout Southern California to take SCAG’s unanimous support for film and television production to heart, adopt some version of the Model Film Ordinance and Best Practices that fits their jurisdiction’s needs, and send a clear and loud message that filming is welcome and will always have a home in Southern California.”
– Bill Allen, President and CEO, Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation

“One of the constant refrains I hear from filmmakers is the need for predictability and uniformity in the film permit process. SCAG’s adoption of the Model Film Ordinance will help urge local communities and county governments to work within a framework of policies that can create a region that is attractive to the Industry. The much-needed economic benefits from increased film spending and getting more cast and crew back to work will be substantial as a result.”
– Paul Audley, President, FilmL.A.

“The California Film & Television Tax Credit Program, adopted by the legislature in 2009, is working but doesn’t go far enough — the Milken Institute report concludes that the incentive program has a real impact in arresting the decline of filmed entertainment spending and employment in California. And, the demand for tax credits is extremely high, with allocations exhausted on the first day, leaving behind long waiting lists in excess of 300 applications. Other sources indicate that, while a small number of projects that do not receive an incentive still film in the state, statistics show that those that remain are small, low budget films while larger films with the potential to create thousands of jobs, leave for other states that provide richer incentives.”
– Billie Greer, President, Southern California Leadership Council, “Evidence is In: Tax Credits Work for CA Film Biz”, Fox & Hounds, 6/18/2012

“These studios spend billions locally and throughout the region on transportation, catering, construction, electrical supplies, coffee shops,” Cooper said. “They are the lifeblood of our economy.”
– Dr. Christine Cooper, Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation, “Warner Bros. is a big spender in L.A. County: $4 billion a year”, Los Angeles Times, 7/31/2012

“Los Angeles County has a well-known and established geographic cluster of entertainment activity, specifically in motion pictures. However, we have seen losses in this sector due to concerted efforts by other regions, states and countries working to lure away entertainment production, costing our region high-value jobs and their associated economic benefits. The California Film Commission’s Model Film Ordinance and Best Practices provide a no-cost opportunity to improve the region’s competitive advantage and, hopefully, reverse this trend of runaway production and bring these jobs and economic activity back to Los Angeles County and the broader Southern California region.”
– Andrew Fogg, Partner, Cox, Castle & Nicholson, also Co-Chair, Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation’s State & Local Policy Working Group

California Governors

“Much more needs to be done if California is to be competitive. Not only should the incentive program be extended well beyond the 2015 expiration date, it should also be retooled to up the ante and make more film and television productions eligible for the tax credits. It is all about meeting and exceeding the power of our competitors. It is all about reclaiming California’s position as the film capital of the world. It is about jobs and invest and jobs.”
– Former Govs. George Deukmejian, Pete Wilson and Gray Davis, “Viewpoints: Incentives sharpen state’s competitive edge”, The Sacramento Bee, 5/8/2012

California State Legislature

“I want to applaud the LAEDC, State Film Commission, Film LA and SCAG for partnering to create and distribute the recently adopted Model Film Ordinance and Best Practices,” said Assemblymember Felipe Fuentes, author of AB 1069, which extended the California Film and Television Tax Credit Program by an additional $100 million. “The entertainment industry is the lifeblood of the Southern California economy, creating hundreds of thousands of jobs and billions in economic activity. These new ordinance and best practices guide will help to streamline regulations and is another example that Southern California is serious about keeping the film industry in its hometown.”
– Assemblymember Felipe Fuentes

“The film industry is a bedrock of California’s economy, and taking proactive steps like adopting a statewide Model Film Ordinance will give the industry an opportunity to continue providing jobs for Californians during these difficult economic times. By creating uniformity and certainty for filmmakers, we’re sending a message that this is one of our top economic priorities at both the state and local levels.”
– Assemblymember Cameron Smyth

Los Angeles County Supervisors

“As a job creator and tourism generator, the film industry is vital to the economic well-being of Los Angeles County and our 88 cities. The world’s view that Los Angeles is Hollywood – the mecca of film and television – is critical to attracting visitors and boosting the local economy. We cannot take for granted our position as the center of the entertainment industry.”
– Supervisor Don Knabe, Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors

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