On August 18, 2014, the California Film & Television Production Alliance issued a statement celebrating the retention of 11 feature film projects in California thanks to the state’s recently enhanced Film & Television Tax Credit Program. The California Film & Television Production Alliance is 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.
Last year at this time, we were in the final push for passage of AB 1839, the California Film and Television Job Retention and Promotion Act. Today, thanks to Governor Jerry Brown, Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León, Speaker Toni Atkins, and our authors Assemblymembers Mike Gatto and Raul Bocanegra, we see the reality of that legislation for which we fought so long and hard. Then, we faced the ever-growing cascade of film and television production exiting California; feature film production in California was practically non-existent. Now, we have 11 feature films, both studio and independent, shooting in multiple locations throughout California. Those films will bring $533 million in direct spending back to the California economy—money that would have fled the state otherwise. And most importantly, it will generate $171 million in below-the-line wages. These are not just numbers on paper, they are real working men and women who are now back home working in California.
The members of the California Film and Television Production Alliance include: Academy of Television Arts & Sciences; American Federation of Musicians Locals 47 & 6; 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; The Recording Academy; and Writers Guild of America, West.