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

It’s been two weeks since I’ve wrangled media clippings for this report and during that time I had the pleasure of visiting Ontario along with ten production executives who represent the most exciting companies working in Hollywood today. By all accounts the familiarization trip was a great success: one of the things I heard over and over was how impressed the guests were by the ability of Ontario stakeholders – even competitors – to work together for the general good of the jurisdiction.


Typically, I like to end my reports with a positive story about Ontario, but the article below from the Los Angeles Times is too good to save for last. As detailed below, production activity has hit critical mass in our jurisdiction, prompting expansions including a $38 million investment at Pinewood Studios that, when complete, will make it Canada’s largest production complex.



The Emmy nominations were announced yesterday and media across the globe trumpeted the news that Netflix, for the first time, topped the list of all TV distributors with 112 nominations. Although most articles highlighted the competition between Netflix and HBO, which has led the nominations for the past 17 years, I was intrigued by the analysis in the Washington Post below which posits that it is broadcast networks, rather than HBO, that will continue to suffer the most under Netflix’s dominance.



Stalled negotiations between the IATSE and the management’s AMPTP are not only starting to make industry watchers nervous, they have created a bargaining table logjam. As detailed in Deadline this week, failure to reach a deal with the IATSE means the AMPTP has been unable to start contract talks between Teamsters Local 399 and the Basic Crafts unions.



The recipients of California’s latest round of tax credits were announced this week and New York and Atlanta will each lose one television series as a result. As reported in Variety below,

NBC’s sitcom “Good Girls” and Horizon Scripted Television’s “You” are relocating to California after being conditionally approved to receive a combined $15.4 million in tax credits. The expanded production tax credit program is heading into its fourth year with a total of 15 series having been incentivized to relocate to California.

California’s tax credits were officially secured through 2025 on July 2nd and the bill that did so also contained some changes to benefit local scoring and recording musicians. Variety explains below that using local musicians will now add points to applications for production tax credits, which are assessed on how many jobs will be created.

Finally this week, New Jersey signed into law last week a new bill which reinstates the film and television tax credit program that was killed under previous Governor Chris Christie. As detailed in the Hollywood Reporter below, the Garden State has allocated $85 million annually in incentives, which range from 30 to 37 percent, depending on production location and diversity.