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pre_newyork_jpgThe Northeast region of the U.S. has a long history of providing some of the most vibrant filmmaking locations in the world, and 2012 has been no exception. P3 Update takes a look at New York City, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Delaware to see the recipes for the incentives behind the region’s ongoing success in film and television.

kevinclark2 The Association of Film Commissioners International (AFCI) recently announced that Kevin Clark will take over as executive director of the official worldwide association of government film contacts whose members total more than 300 film commissioners on six continents. The appointment was made after a unanimous vote at a recent AFCI board meeting, which was held during the Toronto International Film Festival.

Now starting his eighth year with the AFCI, Clark has in-depth knowledge of the association, and has overseen numerous programs and initiatives while bringing a strong emphasis to member service and relationships.

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adogslogorev-1In today’s world of post-production, it is easy to feel overwhelmed by all of the different delivery specs, not to mention making sure you have the correct tools in place to deliver projects on time within the budget.  Most independent content producers are not given the luxury of owning expensive decks and working with a limited production and post-production team in getting projects completed makes things even more challenging.

AlphaDogs Digital Service Station® has been providing an alternative solution for delivering content since its inception in 2004 and has now expanded services to include Toronto, Canada.

lr-kodak_simonee_chichester-234x300Emerging writer/director/producer Simonee Chichester has been named the 2012 Kodak New Vision Mentorship recipient by Women in Film & Television-Toronto (WIFT-T).

Now in its eighth year, the Kodak New Vision Mentorship program provides a WIFT-T member with full registration to the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) and the chance to prepare for the festival through one-on-one sessions with industry leaders. Chichester will also receive a $5,000 product grant for the purchase of Kodak motion picture film.

Finalists for the 18th annual California On Location Awards (COLA) have been announced by the Film Liaisons In California Statewide (FLICS), a non-profit organization of 43 regional film offices and film commissions throughout the state. The awards program producing organization. The 2012 COLA event will be hosted by the historic Langham Huntington Hotel of Pasadena on October 28, 2012. 

Just two of 23 new one-hour TV dramas will be shot in L.A. County, as producers seek tax credits elsewhere. Crews and Hollywood-related businesses struggle.


The five broadcast television networks will be rolling out 23 new one-hour dramas for the upcoming season. That would normally be good business for Hollywood's hometown industry — with bookings for soundstages and plenty of work for the costumers, camera operators and caterers needed to put a show on the air.

But not this year. Just two of the 23 new fall and midseason shows will be shot in Los Angeles County, as cost-conscious producers seek tax-friendly production havens in New York, North Carolina, Georgia and other states.


Recently New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed into law a bill that triples the Empire State Film Post Production Credit from 10% to 30% (35% for upstate). The Post New York Alliance applauds the Governors move. 

“We want to thank Senator DeFrancisco and Assemblywoman Glick for sponsoring our bill, and Governor Cuomo for signing it," says Marcelo Gandola SVP of Deluxe Creative Services and President of the Post New York Alliance. "The wheels of NYS government are turning in a direction that will bring thousands of new jobs to our state.”

Hollywood's location managers have staked out a new three-year contract.

Teamsters Local 399 on Thursday reached a tentative agreement for about 600 location managers in the Los Angeles area with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, said a person close to the negotiations who was not authorized to speak publicly about the matter.

NBCUniversal recently announced Michael Moore, the current president of Raleigh Entertainment/Raleigh Film and Television Studios, LLC, will become President and General Manager of Universal Studios Operations. Moore assumes his responsibilities at Universal beginning September 17, 2012. Moore will be part of NBCUniversal Operations and Technical Services organization and will oversee all the operations of Universal City Studios, including Production Services, Sound Services, Facilities, and Marketing. He will report jointly to Ron Meyer, President and Chief Operating Officer, Universal Studios and John Wallace, President, Operations & Technical Services, NBCUniversal. Moore replaces Dave Beanes who is retiring at the end of the year after 42 years in the industry and 17 years with the company.michael_mooreheadshot_2

“Michael has the rare combination of skills to effectively lead our Studio Operations group and ensure the long-term success of this world-class Studio Lot, says Meyer as he also commended Beanes for his service. "Dave has been a great partner and we thank him for his years of hard work, dedication and loyalty to the company.”

Wallace added, “A proven leader, Michael has a strong track record in our industry and has shown he has the right production and post-production experience to guide this organization. We thank Dave for his valuable leadership and appreciate him stepping into this role last year and helping us transition for our future.”