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Hanks and Spielberg Working Together Again?

Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg could soon be partnering once again. Hanks and Spielberg have worked together on three films, Saving Private Ryan, Catch Me if You Can and The Terminal

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Writers Guild and AMPTP Agree To New Contract

With just under a month to go before their current contract expires, Writers Guild of America West President Christopher Keyser announced on April 1st that the guild had come to a tentative agreement with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers on a new contract pending ratification by both WGAw and WGA East members. The present contract is set to expire May 1st.

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Hollywood’s Summer Box Office was Boffo, Despite Big Flops

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The biggest Labor Day moviegoing weekend of all time, estimated at $150 million, capped a record box office summer.

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Production Incentives Boost Economies and Production Power

productionincentivesSince the early 1990s, the offering of production incentive has been the most logical way to attract film and television productions to a community — and the lack of financial perks could lessen the chance of boosting these local economies. These incentives mainly consist of tax benefits from local governments to encourage production in their region. They first surfaced in response to the flight of U.S. film productions to other countries, including Canada which adopted its own production incentive program. U.S. states have since offered increasingly competitive incentives to lure productions away from other locals, with the type, size and structure of these incentives varying from place to place. Many incentive packages include tax credits and exemptions, while some offer other perks like cash grants and fee-free locations.

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Getting Your Movie Greenlit

p3 update _350It’s time to get your movie greenlit. You have a polished screenplay and you’ve just sat down with the gatekeepers: studio execs. The opening of their big gate can lead to big audiences and bigger rewards. You want them to go forward with the movie — your movie — and all eyes are on you. You’re tense and fear the one wrong remark that will sabotage the meeting. This is crunch time.

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