WMA 2013:05

The Official E-Newsletter for the Washington – Mid Atlantic Local
The Official E-Newsletter for the Washington – Mid Atlantic Local
May 2013

LOCAL SAG-AFTRA STATIONS WIN 18 REGIONAL MURROW AWARDS

This year, the Radio Television Digital News Association recognized eight local television and radio stations with 18 Edward R. Murrow Awards for their exceptional accomplishments. The stations are located in Region 12, which includes Delaware, Maryland, the District of Columbia and Virginia. The radio stations included WTOP-AM, Federal News Radio and WBAL-AM under the Large Market Radio group. The television stations, all in the Large Market Television category, were WJLA-TV/News Channel 8, WBAL-TV, WUSA, WTTG and WMAR.

For more than 40 years, the RTDNA has been honoring outstanding achievements in electronic journalism with the Edward R. Murrow Awards. The award, aptly named after the late, great newsman, is given to journalists who exhibit excellence and professionalism in their field. To see the full list of winners, click here.

Maryland Legislature Increases Film and TV Tax Incentives

On April 9, Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley signed the Maryland film and television tax incentives into law after the Maryland House (108-31) and Senate (unanimously) both voted to approve the bill. SB 183 increases funding for the 2014 fiscal year to $25 million and extends the sunset on the Film Production Employment Act. This is a $17.5 million increase from the previous year, and aims to attract out-of-town production companies to shoot their film and television programs in Maryland. Some productions that have already benefited from this program include Netflix’s House of Cards, which is beginning work on its second season, HBO’s VEEP and the indie film Ping Pong Summer, starring Susan Sarandon’s .

Many thanks go out to Jane Love and the rest of the Maryland Film Industry Coalition for their tireless work to get this bill passed! We look forward to watching the film and television industry in Maryland flourish.

Bill signing
SB183 bill-signing