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PraugeThe National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE) is moving its annual European market from Budapest to Prague in 2014, changing the name of the event from NATPE Budapest to NATPE Europe. According to a statement released by the organization, the change is to reflect an “unwavering commitment” to the growing European television industry.  All market and screening activities for the event will take place at the Hilton Prague Hotel on June 23–26.

magiccityThe Starz drama series “Magic City” is now airing its second season. Focusing on the Miami mob shortly after the Cuban revolution, the vintage show benefits from Creator/Executive Producer/Writer Mitch Glazer’s immersion in Miami Beach culture. “I was born and raised in Miami Beach and grew up in the lobbies of the mid-century Collins Avenue hotels,” says Glazer, “so I was really specific and collaborative with our world-class production design team, headed by Carlos Barbosa. We built our [Miramar Playa] hotel set in Miami in a former boat yard, and when you walk on our set it’s a real functioning hotel. I thought I was a perfectionist, but each of our department heads elevated it to a new level with research for everything from costumes from Carol Ramsey, cars, newspapers [and] props. God is in the details when you re-create an era.”


Disney Ranch SMThe Walt Disney Studio’s 890-acre Golden Oak Ranch in Santa Clarita, Calif. has just received unanimous approval from the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors for a major expansion, according to Deadline Hollywood. The project would take place on a 58-acre parcel of land in an unincorporated area adjacent to Santa Clarita. Disney’s plans for the expansion were first announced in October 2009, and involve the construction of more than a half-million square feet of buildings to the property to include high-tech soundstages, offices, writer bungalows and support facilities along Placerita Canyon Road. 

GarcettiMayor Eric Garcetti on Tuesday declared a state of emergency in the push to keep the film business in Los Angeles.

In a series of interviews, Garcetti said he plans to press the case with Sacramento to provide more in the way of tax incentives to curb runaway production in Los Angeles, a proposal he has been advocating since his campaign for mayor this past year.

“We’ve lost the blockbuster films. They don’t film here any more. Tax credits around the world and around the country have taken them away.” Garcetti said on the “Today” show.

Portandia SMIFC has ordered two more seasons of “Portlandia,” which will film on location in Portland, Oregon. The show will shoot 10 new half-hours for each season through 2014–15. The Emmy, Peabody and WGA Award-winning comedy series stars Fred Armisen (“Saturday Night Live”) and Carrie Brownstein, who are the show’s writers/creators along with Director Jonathan Krisel. “Portlandia” is executive produced by Lorne Michaels for his company Broadway Video.

Calgary-Skyline-Image-630The Government of Alberta is heavily going after the development and construction of a film studio facility in the Calgary region to ensure the ongoing success for Alberta’s film, television and digital media industry.  The new facility is also expected to attract more productions to the province and create opportunities for developing and retaining talented Albertans within the province.

MontanaST UNThe Montana Film Office does much more than promote location shoots in “Big Sky Country” — it also supports the state’s film education programs while simultaneously working hard to bring in productions that can provide employment opportunities for university graduates, especially from Montana State University (MSU) in Bozeman (pictured left) and the University of Montana (UM) School of Media Arts in Missoula. The Film Office works with both schools to facilitate internships for students on Montana feature film projects and other productions.

Hollywood SmThere’s good news for Los Angeles production companies: location shooting in L.A. County is currently on the rise. According to a recent report published by the Los Angeles Times, on-location filming increased by 9 percent in the second quarter of 2013 compared to the same period last year, fueled by a bounce in television production and Web-based shows. This is the third consecutive quarter of growth for location filming in the area.  

Monte-Carlo-MonacoThe Monte-Carlo Television Festival wrapped in Monaco as the Golden Nymph Awards were handed out at the Grimaldi Forum. The Festival was attended by Prince Albert and American Producer/Director Michael Sloan, who’s planning a film based on the classic TV series “The Equalizer.” Sloan was president of the Festival jury that honored the Hungarian coming-of-age TV movie Aglaja (directed by Krisztina Deák) with four prizes. Other winners included “Breaking Bad” (for Best International Drama Series), “Modern Family”(Best Comedy Series), and the European shows “Borgen” and “Fresh Meat.” Actor Donald Sutherland was also honored with the Crystal Nymph Award. Sloan reports that the Festival has been attracting an increasing number of high-profile talent. This year’s attendees included cast members and execs from the shows “The Big Bang Theory,” “Crossing Lines,” “Dallas,” “Grimm,” “Hatfields & McCoys,” “Once Upon a Time,” “Revenge,” “Revolution” and “Scandal.” 

IMG 6460 2Over 1,000 attendees, including an Alaskan bald eagle, recently converged on lot of 20th Century Fox Studios for the 5th annual Produced By Conference, presented by the Producers Guild of America. This is the second time Fox hosted the event, and this year offered an all-star roster of speakers, such as Star Trek Director J.J. Abrams and Entertainment Attorney Ken Ziffren. Valuable session topics were split between big-picture inspirational panels with A-listers and talks dedicated to the nuts and bolts of getting projects made. A-list producers and directors included the always entertaining Mark Gordon (Saving Private Ryan), Roland Emmerich (White House Down) and Jon Favreau (Iron Man 2) who discussed producers who direct and directors who produce for one session. In another panel, Gordon joined Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Hawk Koch (Source Code) and Producers Gary Lucchesi (The Lincoln Lawyer) and Stacy Sher (Django Unchained) for a fascinating talk on the challenges that studio producers face in 2013 and beyond.