UPDATE from Ontario Film Office Los Angeles Rep – April 20, 2018

Toronto Mayor John Tory brought his customary energy and charisma to Los Angeles this week. The panel discussion he moderated yesterday with (among others) Oscar-winning Toronto producer Miles Dale was lively and informative and the city’s confidence and pride were on full display at the reception afterward, which was attended by viisiting local industry stakeholders and more than 100 LA-based decision makers.

 

Mayor Tory explained his Los Angeles mission to Business News Network below.

https://www.bnn.ca/we-just-have-to-keep-selling-mayor-tory-pitches-toronto-s-film-industry-to-amazon-netflix-in-l-a-1.1061930

 

Here in LA, the ups and downs of the local production industry consistently make headlines. This week the Hollywood Reporter detailed a new report from film permitting and advocacy group FilmLA which shows on-location filming in the greater Los Angeles area is up 2.4 percent in the first quarter of 2018.

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/film-production-los-angeles-up-12-percent-early-2018-1103834

 

Local media, including the LA Times below, also reported this week that a bill to sustain California’s film and television tax incentives at current levels until 2025 has passed a key legislative hurdle.

http://www.latimes.com/business/hollywood/la-fi-ct-film-tax-credit-extension-20180418-story.html

 

Cannes is fast approaching and the ongoing fight between the Netflix and the venerated film festival is a drama to rival anything likely to hit screens there. As reported in Variety below, Netflix’s announcement that it will pull out of the festival entirely, because of its overly restrictive definition of what constitutes a competition film, has industry watchers calling the dustup a “fight for cinema’s future”.

http://variety.com/2018/voices/columns/cannes-netflix-fight-1202756317/

 

The Cannes Film Festival isn’t the only industry institution currently challenging Netflix’s upstart ways. The Atlantic this week published a really interesting and comprehensive look at how the Walt Disney Company is mobilizing, in two major ways, to outrun Netflix and remain the dominant player in American entertainment.

https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2018/05/disneyflix-netflix/556895/

 

Finally this week, just because we all talk about Netflix endlessly, doesn’t mean it is the only disruptor out there. The Los Angeles Times has published an in depth look at Movie Pass, a cinema subscription service that recently slashed its price to $9.95 a month. (Full disclosure: I purchased a three-month pass right after reading the article below!).

http://www.latimes.com/business/hollywood/la-fi-ct-moviepass-hollywood-disruption-20180414-story.html