Today, on September 18, 2014, California Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 1839 (Gatto/Bocanegra), the California Film and Television Job Retention and Promotion Act, into law. Governor Brown signed the bill into law before a crowd of enthusiastic supporters a special ceremony held at the TCL Chinese Theater in Hollywood, CA.
The California Film and Television Alliance — a coalition of guilds, unions, producers, small businesses, studios, and associations that have worked together for more than a decade to promote, improve, and enhance film and television production in the State of California — issued the following statement in response:
Today is a day that we have worked toward for over a year. We represent small businesses, film commissions, local government officials, and most importantly, thousands of working men and women across the state who dedicated months of their lives to writing letters, attending rallies and meetings, testifying, signing petitions, and traveling to Sacramento – all with the goal of making AB 1839, the California Film and Television Job Retention and Promotion Act, a reality.
We thank Governor Brown for his support, culminating in his signing AB 1839 into law today. We thank the bill’s authors, Assemblymembers Gatto and Bocanegra, for standing steadfastly with us from the beginning and Speaker Atkins and Pro-Tem elect De Leon for getting us across the finish line. Mayor Garcetti’s engagement was also an important part of this success story. We look forward to California becoming a viable option for film and television production once more, and our members look forward to being able to work and be with their families at the same time.
Simply put, we are elated!
About the California Film and Television Production Alliance
The members of the California Film and Television Production Alliance include: Academy of Television Arts & Sciences; American Federation of Musicians Local 47; Association of Talent Agents; California Attractions and Parks Association; California Chamber of Commerce; California Lodging and Hotel Association; California Labor Federation; California Teamsters Public Affairs Council; California Travel Association; Chef Robért Catering; Directors Guild of America; FilmL.A.; FLICS – Film Liaisons in California Statewide; Independent Studio Services; International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees; International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Local 399; Laborers’ International Union of North America, Local 724; Motion Picture Association of America, Inc.; National Association of Theatre Owners of California/Nevada; Producers Guild of America; Quixote Studios; Recording Musicians Association; Recording Industry Association of America; SAG-AFTRA; and Writers Guild of America, West.