Archive for September, 2015

Subsidies stop for Michigan’s film industry

Jarrett Skorup On July 10, 2015, Michigan was officially out of the business of handing out film subsidies. A bill supported by nearly every Republican in the House and Senate (and joined by one Democratic House member) prevents the state film office from handing out any new incentives. This is quite a turnaround for the […]

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Pakistan’s film industry is back in business—and not just because of Bollywood

WRITTEN BY Shelly Walia Pakistan’s once-withering film industry is on the verge of a renaissance. Lollywood—an unofficial name of the industry, centered around Lahore—has released about 10 Urdu films this year, the highest ever in more than three decades. These films have explored genres ranging from romance and comedy to drama and tragedy, receiving both […]

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State Council Approves New Draft of Film Industry Promotion Law

EL Borromeo As the domestic box office posted revenues higher than the last year’s total, the State Council has approved a new draft of the Film Industry Promotion Law. For the past eight months since 2015 kicked off, the gross revenues of the theatrical box office have already exceeded 30 billion yuan, according to the […]

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France swallows linguistic pride to keep most expensive EU film ever on home soil

Ban on tax breaks for French films shot in English to be scrapped after Luc Besson threatens to make Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, starring Cara Delevingne, in Hungary By Henry Samuel, Paris France has been forced to swallow its linguistic pride by pledging to change the law to keep Europe’s most expensive film production […]

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Record film and TV production spend in Scotland

by Josh Wilson Scottish Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop revealed today (7th September) that film and TV producers spent an unprecedented £45.2m on filming in Scotland throughout 2014, a substantial £12m increase on 2013. The news comes after Creative Scotland’s ongoing campaign to accommodate large scale productions in recent years. Projects including Sunset Song and Macbeth, The Legend of Barney Thomson, […]

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For Hollywood, the road to China is littered with broken deals

By RICHARD VERRIER Hollywood talent agent Jeff Berg flew to Shanghai last summer to celebrate one of his biggest deals — a partnership with Chinese investors in Resolution, his new agency in Century City. Two hundred business executives, government officials, actors and journalists gathered at the swank Hotel Shangri-La to mark the occasion. Celebrities posed for […]

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Draft law aims to promote film industry, regulate content

Global TimesEditor: Li Yan China’s State Council on Tuesday approved a draft law which aims to promote the country’s film industry over two decades after it was first drafted, a move insiders said will attempt to better regulate the industry and boost international cooperation. The cabinet said that they will submit the draft to the […]

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NANA to close filmmaking subsidiary Piksik

Sean Doogan Piksik LLC, an Alaska film and commercial production company with five full-time employees, will close at the end of September. Piksik President Robin Kornfield said the closure would also shutter Alaska House Media, a recent collaboration between Piksik and local NBC affiliate KTUU. Created in 2011, Piksik is wholly owned by the Alaska Native regional corporation NANA. It joined forces with KTUU and its parent […]

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China’s film industry promotion up for ratification by NPC

Approved by the State Council at an executive meeting chaired by premier Li Keqiang on Sept. 1, the long-expected draft for the China Film Industry Promotion Law will soon be up for deliberation and final ratification by the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (NPC), reports Shanghai’s China Business News. “If the law is […]

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Deluxe Culver City Post-Production Staff Vote Overwhelmingly For IATSE Contract

by Dominic Patten The former employees of Sony Colorworks officially want back the union benefits they used to have. In an election today conducted by the Labor Relations Board, 23 of the 25 votes cast among postproduction technicians and artists at Deluxe’s Culver City unit on the Sony lot were to join the Motion Picture Editors Guild and IATSE. The balloting ended around […]

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