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L.A.'s Mayor-Elect Aims to Put Hollywood Center Stage

IMG 1420Eric Garcetti met with film industry workers to solicit ideas for fighting runaway production and pledged to name a film czar. In a closed-door meeting on the Sony Pictures Entertainment lot, a few dozen location scouts, agents, producers and studio executives gathered to discuss the state of L.A.'s hometown industry.Taking center stage: Los Angeles Mayor-elect Eric Garcetti.

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Behind the Locations of The Hangover Part III

hangover_sm_groupThe Warner Bros. sequel The Hangover Part III marks the last film in a trilogy that broke ground with its unique mix of adventure and comedy. Directed by Todd Phillips, the first two Hangover films are now seen as one of the most successful movie franchises of all time. The third film centers on the four leads, Phil (Bradley Cooper), Alan (Zach Galifianakis), Stu (Ed Helms) and Doug (Justin Bartha), who find themselves on yet another outrageous adventure as they try to untangle their way out of some unthinkable circumstances. P3 recently chatted with the film’s Location Manager Gregory Alpert (pictured below), who both took the ride of his life while creating a distinct look for one of the most anticipated comedies of 2013.

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Production in New York State Rises

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New York State is on the fast track to claim a record-breaking year in television and film production. Known as a location that can handle just about any entertainment shoot, New York has already seen 19 pilots and five TV series this season, while two additional pilots gear up to film in the state, making for a record number television shows in the course of one year. “New York is now the place to go for the film and television industry,” says Governor Andrew M. Cuomo. “We have the resources, the talented workforce, and the venues to offer the industry unmatched opportunities. Our newly expanded and enhanced film and television program will only continue to spur tourism, attract more investments to New York, and create more jobs for New Yorkers.”

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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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Illinois Gets Back on Top

 
chicago_skyline_illinois_usa_photo_wikiWhile Illinois has always been a hot spot for commercial production, the state’s feature film and television market has had its ups and downs. Now, thanks to an aggressive production incentive and a new high-end studio facility, Illinois and its most populous city Chicago are enjoying the enormous economic benefits brought by film and television projects.
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