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By Zain Shauk | January 16, 2010
On-location film productions in Los Angeles County plummeted 19% in 2009 — the largest drop since the figure was first recorded in 1993 — contributing to the decline in working opportunities for the regional entertainment workforce, experts and observers said. Entertainment industry spending generates the majority of economic activity in Glendale and Burbank, where major motion picture and television studios — as well as related businesses ranging from prop shops to rental houses — are, experts said.
BUSINESS
By Zain Shauk | July 29, 2009
The latest generation of 3-D technology started out as a gimmicky gamble that others didn?t believe in, but has proven to be the key for some in the entertainment industry as others struggle to battle a dearth of local spending from major motion picture and television studios. Pace Technologies and 3ality Digital, both based in Burbank, have benefited as industry giants look to make their products more attractive to penny-pinching consumers during the recession. The companies develop camera rigs and digital production systems that have been used in almost every recent live-action 3-D film and television production.
THE818NOW
August 16, 2012
The California Assembly overwhelmingly approved a bill that would preserve funding for the state's film and television tax credit. The Assembly voted 70-4 in favor of the bill, which extends funding for the program another two years, according to The Times . California allocates $100 million annually toward tax credits, which are doled out by lottery because of limited funds. Funding was due to expire next year. The film industry had been pressing for a five-year extension to show the state's commitment to the industry, which is being lured away by other states with strong incentives.
THE818NOW
July 29, 2013
Entertainment Partners, the Burbank payroll and production services company, is expanding into Puerto Rico. The company said it was opening a new affiliate office in San Juan to be called EP Puerto Rico. In addition to payroll services, the new office will also provide production incentive services, including film financing and tax credit placement. The office will expand services previously provided by Pay1Bill Film Services, which has been working with the film industry in Puerto Rico since 2001.
NEWS
September 6, 2012
As Gov. Jerry Brown mulls whether to sign into law another round of subsidies for local production companies, the question that confronts him is how much each job on a movie set is worth to taxpayers. In Massachusetts, lawmakers recently discovered a similar program was much more expensive than they thought. After years of subsidizing film productions without looking too closely at how that was helping the economy, state officials put it under a lens and found that taxpayers were spending as much as $300,000 to bankroll each position.
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By Chris Wiebe | July 8, 2006
CITY HALL ? The Burbank Unified School District board voted unanimously Thursday to ink a contract with Film L.A. Inc., an organization that will act as an intermediary between the district and entertainment companies interested in filming at Burbank schools. Not only will the agreement with Film L.A. eliminate administrative challenges of processing applications for filming permits, but the organization will also actively pursue on-location arrangements with entertainment companies on behalf of Burbank schools, Assistant Supt.
THE818NOW
August 17, 2012
Good morning, readers. Today is Friday, August 17. Comic book characters are a hot commodity in the film industry. "The Avengers," "The Amazing Spider-Man" and the "Dark Knight Rises" were some of the top-grossing films of 2012 , according to the L.A. Times.  And the Disney/Marvel enterprise has a slew of sequels planned. A big-rig crash near the intersection of the 405 and 101 freeways stalled traffic in Sherman Oaks Thursday evening. Patch The battle over a newly drawn San Fernando Valley Congressional district has left some residents jaded.
THE818NOW
September 4, 2012
The state Senate has overwhelmingly approved a bill to continue funding California's film and television tax credit. The Senate vote last week was 32 to 2 in favor of extending two more years of funding for the tax credit. California sets aside $100 million toward the program, which gives movie and TV producers a credit of up to 25% of qualified production expenses. The Assembly approved the bill earlier this month. The measure now goes to Gov. Jerry Brown, who has one month to sign or veto the legislation, according to The Times.
NEWS
By Jason Wells | December 21, 2009
DOWNTOWN — A recovering film industry helped tamp down local unemployment rates in November, pushing the mark back toward single-digit territory, according to state figures released Friday. The unemployment rate in Glendale slid to 10.6% last month, down from 11% in October. In Burbank, the jobless rate fell to 9.9% from 10.3% over the same period, according to the state Economic Development Department. Labor market specialists attributed the gains to continued strong activity in the film industry, which continues to buoy back from the 100-day Writers Guild strike in 2007.
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By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | December 10, 2013
Volunteers are working “frantically,” putting in long hours, six days a week to construct the Media City-inspired float for the 125th annual Rose Parade, according to Burbank organizers. The city's float, with the theme “Dreams Do Come True,” depicts a movie scene in which a damsel in distress, on the verge of getting run over by a train being steered by a villain, is rescued by a hero wearing a white hat and riding a white horse. “We would like to think that dreams come true in Burbank through the art of moviemaking, so that's what our float celebrates, the movie industry,” said Steve Edward, vice president of the Burbank Tournament of Roses Assn.
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THE818NOW
September 4, 2013
Filming on the next installment of "The Hunger Games" won't begin for another month, but Paul Holehouse already is assessing the risks. Holehouse will fly to Atlanta this week to check for asbestos in an old warehouse - one among many sites that will be used during filming of the "Hunger Games" sequels. He told the Los Angeles Times that he will also meet with stunt coordinators to review action scenes, plans for pyrotechnics and training for actors to ensure they are prepared to film various fights and chase scenes.
THE818NOW
July 29, 2013
Entertainment Partners, the Burbank payroll and production services company, is expanding into Puerto Rico. The company said it was opening a new affiliate office in San Juan to be called EP Puerto Rico. In addition to payroll services, the new office will also provide production incentive services, including film financing and tax credit placement. The office will expand services previously provided by Pay1Bill Film Services, which has been working with the film industry in Puerto Rico since 2001.
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By David Laurell | April 30, 2013
“Harry and Mary Jane Strickland have been a great gift to Burbank,” said Emily Gabel-Luddy, the woman who, barring any unforeseen surprise, will by this afternoon have joined the ranks of 58 other men and women who over the past century have served as the city's mayor. “They have made sure our proud history is a part of our present and, more importantly, our future,” she added. An assemblage of more than 130 people joined Gabel-Ludy in showing their appreciation for the Stricklands' work in establishing the Burbank Historical Society at the Gordon R. Howard Museum this past Saturday evening.
NEWS
September 6, 2012
As Gov. Jerry Brown mulls whether to sign into law another round of subsidies for local production companies, the question that confronts him is how much each job on a movie set is worth to taxpayers. In Massachusetts, lawmakers recently discovered a similar program was much more expensive than they thought. After years of subsidizing film productions without looking too closely at how that was helping the economy, state officials put it under a lens and found that taxpayers were spending as much as $300,000 to bankroll each position.
THE818NOW
September 4, 2012
The state Senate has overwhelmingly approved a bill to continue funding California's film and television tax credit. The Senate vote last week was 32 to 2 in favor of extending two more years of funding for the tax credit. California sets aside $100 million toward the program, which gives movie and TV producers a credit of up to 25% of qualified production expenses. The Assembly approved the bill earlier this month. The measure now goes to Gov. Jerry Brown, who has one month to sign or veto the legislation, according to The Times.
THE818NOW
August 17, 2012
Good morning, readers. Today is Friday, August 17. Comic book characters are a hot commodity in the film industry. "The Avengers," "The Amazing Spider-Man" and the "Dark Knight Rises" were some of the top-grossing films of 2012 , according to the L.A. Times.  And the Disney/Marvel enterprise has a slew of sequels planned. A big-rig crash near the intersection of the 405 and 101 freeways stalled traffic in Sherman Oaks Thursday evening. Patch The battle over a newly drawn San Fernando Valley Congressional district has left some residents jaded.
THE818NOW
August 16, 2012
The California Assembly overwhelmingly approved a bill that would preserve funding for the state's film and television tax credit. The Assembly voted 70-4 in favor of the bill, which extends funding for the program another two years, according to The Times . California allocates $100 million annually toward tax credits, which are doled out by lottery because of limited funds. Funding was due to expire next year. The film industry had been pressing for a five-year extension to show the state's commitment to the industry, which is being lured away by other states with strong incentives.
NEWS
By Gretchen Meier, gretchen.meier@latimes.com | November 3, 2010
The media capital of the world will host the Createasphere Entertainment Technology Expo beginning Wednesday afternoon, bringing industry professionals and educators together while featuring the latest in cutting-edge filmmaking technology. Originally called the HD Expo when the event was founded in 2001, Createasphere at the Burbank Airport Marriott Hotel includes panels and exhibitors to showcase not only what is available in the industry, but what can be found in the San Fernando Valley.
BUSINESS
By Zain Shauk | January 18, 2010
On-location film productions in Los Angeles County plummeted 19% in 2009 — the largest drop since the figure was first recorded in 1993 — contributing to the decline in working opportunities for the regional entertainment workforce, experts and observers said. Entertainment industry spending generates the majority of economic activity in Glendale and Burbank, where major motion picture and television studios — as well as related businesses ranging from prop shops to rental houses — are, experts said.
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