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New task force to tackle runaway prod’n

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors yesterday voted to create a County Motion Picture & Teleproduction Task Force to deal with runaway production.

The new task force will replace the Los Angeles County Film Advisory Commission, a five-person board which has, in years past, acted as an industry watchdog for filming problems within county lines.

L.A. County supervisor Michael D. Antonovich said the creation of a task force would put the county in a “more pro-active” position in terms of dealing with ongoing filming problems.

“The Advisory Commission represented a very limited scope,” noted Stephanie Hershey Liner, deputy director of the county film office. “Instead of listening to what’s been going on from month to month, this task force will begin addressing future problems in an effort to get problems solved before they happen.”

Over the next month, county officials will be looking for 21 members to sit on the task force. They will include members from the Directors Guild of America , the L.A. County Filming Advisory Commission, the Assn. of Independent Commercial Production, the Alliance of Motion Picture & Television Producers, the Music Video Producers Assn. and several studios and labor unions.

The task force will be chaired and coordinated by the Economic Development Corp., which is contracted by the County of Los Angeles to operate the L.A. County Film Office, a public/private partnership responsible for the retention and development of the $ 8 billion entertainment industry.

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