Hollywood sees a jobs boost thanks to California tax incentives, a new report says

Originally posted on www.latimes.com

Each year, California taxpayers give out hundreds of millions of dollars in tax credits to movie and TV productions that shoot in-state. That money has helped to give a significant boost to production jobs, according to a new report. The California Film Commission said in the report that in the 12 months that ended in June, below-the-line union workers logged 15.6% more hours than in 2014, the year before the program began handing out $330 million in credits per year to select productions. The prior 12-month period, ending in June 2017, showed a 12% increase in hours worked compared with 2014.

Below-the-line workers typically consist of crew members whose jobs encompass a wide range of technical and support responsibilities.

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L.A. Outpacing New York in Film and Digital Media Employment, Study Finds

Originally posted on www.hollywoodreporter.com

Despite attractive tax incentives in other states and changing consumer behaviors, the film and digital media workforce in Los Angeles County is growing faster than in the New York metro area and is becoming increasingly more diverse, a new study has found.

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Diversity-Focused Academy Program Boosts Hollywood Dreamers

Originally posted on www.usnews.com

The diversity crisis in Hollywood may rage on, but the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences continues to try to open up access to the entertainment business for people from underrepresented communities and give some a foot in the door at the most critical moment — when college graduation is in sight and the job market is looming. The Academy Gold Program added a Production Track program for students interested in cinematography, production design, post-production and film editing.

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HOW THE MARVELOUS MRS. MAISEL’S EMMY-NOMINATED EDITOR GAVE MIDGE HER SPARKLING START

Originally posted by Kelle Long on MPAA’s The Credits: Profiles Below the Line

Editor Brian Kates received an Emmy nomination for setting the tone in the series premiere of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. Read his interview and learn how Kates sees himself as a “builder,” what he considers when striking the tone of the show, and a technique he uses in his work that audiences may not understand or expect.

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ON SET: THE CRUCIAL ROLE OF THE PRODUCTION ASSISTANT

Originally posted by Audra Martin on MPAA’s The Credits: Profiles Below the Line

When I was in film school all of my classmates had dreams of graduating and going on to edit a major action movie or write and direct the next AMC series. While those are great goals to work towards, the harsh reality is that production companies don't hire novices to fill major roles. You have to work your way up, and that usually means starting as a production assistant. And what you'll learn is the PA is both an absolutely crucial player behind the scenes of a film shoot and one of the hardest working members of the crew.

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CALIFORNIA'S FILM & TV TAX CREDIT LURES ANOTHER BIG-BUDGET FEATURE AND SEVERAL INDIE PROJECTS

Original news release posted on California Film Commission

DC Comics Spinoff “Birds of Prey” is Among 19 Films Selected for Latest Round of Credits; More Than Half of Projects Will Shoot Outside the 30-Mile Zone to Bring Production Statewide.

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IT'S A WRAP: VIDEO & VLOGGING BOOTCAMPS CONCLUDE IN LOS ANGELES

The Spring sessions of the Video and Vlogging Boot Camps for the Gig Economy have come to a close, with more than 50 students learning what it takes to get started in entertainment. The eight-week boot camps were held at both Birmingham High School and Los Angeles Valley College (LAVC) in parallel sessions attended by students from multiple community colleges in the region, culminating with Meet the Pros, a final event at LAVC.

By the end of the eight weeks, students came away with a working knowledge of how a production operates in the office, on the set and during post-production and delivery.

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CALIFORNIA FILM COMMISSION SELECTS THREE COMMUNITY COLLEGE STUDENTS FOR ON-SET INTERNSHIPS

Originally posted by California Film Commission

The expanded Film & TV Tax Credit Program 2.0 includes a provision called the Career Readiness Initiative that helps students from all walks of life gain access to production-related careers. One high-profile example of the initiative in action is Disney's "A Wrinkle in Time." Director Ava DuVernay made career readiness and access to the filmmaking process a priority. She personally interviewed and selected three community college students for on-set internships.

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LA’S DIGITAL JOBS: THEY’RE THERE, BUT A LOT OF YOU AREN’T READY FOR THEM

Originally posted on Pasadena Star-News

Los Angeles now has more than 500,000 jobs in digital media, and the industry is still growing.

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IF YOU’RE DREAMING OF A CAREER IN HOLLYWOOD, HERE’S WHERE THE JOBS ARE

Originally posted on cnbc.com

Want a career in entertainment? Turns out Hollywood needs quite a few producers, directors, audio and video technicians, and film and video editors in the next four years. Those are the most in-demand entertainment industry jobs in the Los Angeles basin in the foreseeable future, according to a new Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation analysis of Census and Bureau of Labor Statistics data.

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