Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Chris Norby is an idiot or State Assembly does the right thing!

The California state Assembly did the right thing today and voted to extend tax incentives to filmmakers who shoot in California.  The only person who voted against it was Assemblyman Chris Norby.  He said, if you want to support the film industry, go see a movie.
Idiotic statements like that one is part of the reason California is in financial ruin. IN MY OPINION.
By giving these tax incentives, you are keeping movie production within the state instead of allowing other states in the union (who are obviously smarter than Norby) to steal productions away by offering these incentives.  Why would you want to support a Hollywood Fat Cat Producer?  Because you are NOT.  You are bringing work to California workers.  And whenever a movie shoots in a location, that area MAKES MONEY - sometimes MILLIONS per film shoot.  Independent filmmakers like myself can stay local and work toward making their smaller films.  Toronto, Canada believes so much in offering AMERICAN filmmakers incentives and studios to work in, that they have spent over $700 MILLION dollars just constructing studios and stages for these filmmakers to use.  Now why would they do that IF THERE WERE NO MONEY FOR THEM IN THE DEAL?
Norby says he hasn't seen a movie in years (his non-support of Hollywood), wonder how many other things he's out of touch with?  Hmmmmm.  Do we need someone like that in the state Assembly who is so obviously out of touch?  Maybe the Norbster should get a freaking clue!
For deets, read on:
The state Assembly voted Tuesday to extend incentives for California's entertainment industry for five more years, approving up to $500 million in additional tax credits to help keep movie-making jobs in the state.
The California Film and Television Tax Credit Program enacted in 2009 has already helped keep some $2.2 billion in film and television production and 25,000 crew jobs in California, said Assemblyman Felipe Fuentes, a Sylmar Democrat, arguing for the extension.
The Assembly voted 72-1 to extend the program from 2014 to July 2019. The bill goes next to the state Senate.
Supporters said other states and nations have been stepping up their incentives to lure away film and television work.
California lost production jobs for years until the credit took effect, said Assemblyman Anthony Portantino, D-La Canada Flintridge, and it was carefully crafted for economic benefit to the state.
"You had to create the job here to get the credit," he said.
Democrats and Republicans both backed AB 1069 as a way to preserve California jobs, though some GOP lawmakers said other industries needed the help as much as Hollywood.
Only Assemblyman Chris Norby voted against the bill, saying the tax credits tilted the level playing field of business competition.
"This is about picking and choosing economic winners and losers," Norby said. "If you want to support Hollywood, go see a movie. I haven't seen one in a long time."
Los Angeles area legislators had pushed for a production tax credit for years without success until then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger got behind the idea in 2008. His backing was pegged to a decision by the producers of the ABC Studios television series "Ugly Betty" to move production from Los Angeles to New York, costing about two-thirds of the 150 crew members their jobs on the $3 million-per-episode show.
New York had offered the producers a 35 percent tax credit.
California's credit, against income or sales taxes or both, is not quite that rich. It covers up to 25 percent of production budgets spent in the state and applies to films with production budgets of up to $75 million, TV movies, miniseries and certain series. It sets aside at least $10 million of credits for independent films from the $100 million available each year.
The California credit took effect in 2009, when the recession and tax credits elsewhere helped cut on-location filming days on the streets of Los Angeles by 19 percent from the previous year, according to FilmLA, a nonprofit that tracks city film permits. The decline would have been even larger without the tax credit, which helped keep 10 feature films in town, the group said.
Producers taking advantage of the state perk helped increase movie and TV commercial production in Los Angeles by 15 percent in 2010, the first full calendar year the tax credit was in effect. The group reported that permits showed 43,646 production days in 2010, up from 37,979 in 2009.

1 comment:

  1. Hey, Jordan--
    It's been years since we've touched base. So much has happened, like, we moved from LA to Texas! We got so tangled up in divorce red tape and expenses that we never got the chance to come out and visit you.

    I hope your enterprises are going well. Love to see that you're blogging regularly. I don't blog, though I love to mess with the software.

    Glad to see you got the tax deal you wanted. Hard to beat Canada. What idiot would move to NYC to shoot, if they didn't have to? Argh!