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Coalition preparing H’w’d protest march

Demonstration on Walk of Fame, H'wood Blvd. closed to traffic

Industry workers concerned about runaway production are being encouraged to assemble for a rally in Hollywood on Aug. 15, the third such event to be staged by the Film & Television Action Committee.

FTAC, a coalition of film and TV craftspeople, actors, writers, directors and service providers that was formed to help keep business in town, has already held rallies in Burbank and Sacramento in recent months to call attention to production flight from California and to support tax-credit bills set for consideration by the state Senate Appropriations Committee later this month.

Assembly bills 358 and 484 face an uphill battle, having squeaked through the Senate Revenue and Taxation Committee on July 7 by just one vote.

“Thousands of Hollywood film workers will march with us along Hollywood’s Walk of Fame, from Mann’s Chinese Theater to Hollywood and Vine,” FTAC chairman Jack De Govia predicted. “The hard-working people who make California the film and television production capital of the world are speaking out and organizing to save their jobs and businesses.”

A report prepared for the Screen Actors Guild and the Directors Guild of America estimated that almost $3 billion in film and TV production left the country in 1998.

FTAC organizers are urging industry workers to gather promptly at 3 p.m. on Orange Drive between Sunset and Hollywood boulevards, behind Hollywood High School.

Hollywood Boulevard will be closed to traffic to accommodate the march.

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