UPDATE from Ontario Film Office Los Angeles Rep – April 13, 2018

The latest recipients of California film tax credits were announced with great fanfare this week. As reported in Variety below, nine features  – seven from the studios and two independents – received the credits out of a total of 39 pics which applied during the application period in March.



In the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal and the Times Up movement, Hollywood’s Screen Actors Guild has called for an end to auditions in private hotel rooms. As detailed in The Wrap below, the union is expanding its code of conduct in an effort to put systems in place to help curtail abuses of power.



Although the flow of Chinese money into Hollywood has started to slow, even when the deals seemed free and easy, investors knew – and still know – that working within the confines of China’s censorship rules is not. The Los Angeles Times this week published a really fascinating look at how China’s largest movie studio, with its focus on historical costume dramas, has become central to the government’s efforts to present a specific interpretation of the country’s history.



While we’ve been busy talking endlessly about how Netflix and its ilk have disrupted the film and television industry, another trend has emerged to change the Hollywood landscape. As reported in the LA Times below, increasingly talent agencies are recasting themselves into bigger and more ambitious roles, which is reanimating long-simmering concerns about their  encroaching power.



The good news keeps coming out of Ontario! The Hollywood Reporter took notice of the announcement this week that Netflix will produce an SCTV reunion special, with Martin Scorsese to direct.



Finally this week, I’m looking forward to meeting with Ontario stakeholders who will be in LA next week, accompanying Toronto Mayor John Tory on his mission to drum up business for the city’s film and TV industry. Playback has all the details below.