Poland pitched as pic location

Production costs there only 40 cents on the dollar

Severyn Ashkenaz, a representative of the film community from Poland, met Tuesday with production execs from HBO, Live Entertainment, Kushner-Locke and RKO Pictures, among others, to attract more Hollywood production to his country.

Ashkenaz, along with the Polish General Counselor and a rep from Polish airline LOT, cited cheaper production costs as a major reason to make a film in Poland. Ashkenaz claims that a film can be shot in Poland for 40¢ on the dollar.

Ashkenaz listed other incentives for shooting in Poland as bison herds, horses, several hundred castles, qualified stunt people, three studios and a special low airfare arrangement with LOT.

Ashkenaz is the founding president of Creative Management Co., a talent agency in Poland; and CMC Pictures, the company’s production arm. Before founding CMC, he was a businessman and real estate developer in L.A.

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