Sunday, August 31, 2014

MIKE ON KCRW: Film Season Begins; California Votes Tax Incentives; More

On the latest edition of KCRW's The Business, here are some of the topics that host Kim Masters and I banter about:

- No big surprises at the Emmys this year. There's continued grumbling that the awards seem to favor old, predictable favorites rather than more cutting-edge television.

-Film season is finally starting to ramp up with festivals in Telluride and Toronto starting soon.

-In an effort to curb runaway production, California Governor Jerry Brown agrees to legislation that would boost film tax credits in the state.

Listen below:

Also, on last Thursday's edition of KCRW's Hollywood Breakdown, Kim Masters and I discuss whether runaway production might return to California:
While the $330 million deal is slightly less than the $400 million the bill's backers were originally seeking, the legislation will help California compete with other production-friendly states like Georgia and New York, or even countries like Canada. With the new legislation, the way the film subsidies are distributed will also change. Instead of being given out via a lottery, the tax credits will be designated to the projects that create the most jobs.

Listen by clicking below:

Hollywood Breakdown
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