California Film & Television Production Alliance Statement on Announcement of First Successful Feature Film Applicants

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California Film & Television Production Alliance Statement on Announcement of First Successful Feature Film Applicants

The California Film & Television Production Alliance—a coalition of guilds, unions, producers, small businesses, studios, and associations that have worked together for more than a decade to promote, improve and enhance film and television production in the State of California—today issued the following statement regarding the California Film Commission’s announcement of the first group of feature films to receive the newly expanded California Film & Television Tax Credit Program 2: 

"Last year at this time we were in the final push for passage of AB 1839, the California Film and Television Job Retention and Promotion Act.  Today, thanks to Governor Jerry Brown, Senate President Pro Tem Kevin deLeón, Speaker Toni Atkins, and our authors Assemblymembers Mike Gatto and Raul Bocanegra, we see the reality of that legislation for which we fought so long and hard.  Then, we faced the ever-growing cascade of film and television production exiting California; feature film production in California was practically non-existent.  Now,we have 11 feature films, both studio and independent, shooting in multiple locations throughout California.  Those films will bring $533 million in direct spending back to the California economy—money that would have fled the state otherwise.  And most importantly, it will generate $171 million in below-the-line wages.  These are not just numbers on paper, they are real working men and women who are now back home working in California.”

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