Aiming to reduce runaway production
CIVIC CENTER -- Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Burbank) addressed the
Burbank City Council to update residents and council members about
his efforts to keep the motion-picture industry from being lured to
Sherman, who spoke at Tuesday’s council meeting, was among
legislators who introduced the United States Independent Film and
Television Production Incentive Act last year, and again in January.
It would provide a tax credit for projects produced in the U.S.,
with the goal of keeping production in the country to create jobs and
boost the economy.
Frommer opposes film kickbacks
LOS ANGELES -- Assemblyman Dario Frommer (D-Burbank) wants to fine
elected officials who demand that film companies make donations in
order to obtain film permits.
The fines of up to $10,000 are designed to deter behavior that
could appear corrupt and potentially send production out of
California, Frommer said.
The move was prompted by allegations of Los Angeles officials who
tried to barter street closures requested by film companies for funds
that would benefit the city.
Compiled by Laura Sturza