WASHINGTON — Rep. Jerry Weller (R-Ill.) will urge the Clinton administration to put runaway production on the agenda for the next round of World Trade Organization talks scheduled to take place in November in Seattle.
Weller told Daily Variety that he will argue at a congressional hearing that both runaway production and Canadian content restrictions should be topics for the WTO talks.
“Domestic film production should have a seat at the table,” Weller said.
Hollywood’s production community, led by the Directors Guild of America, claims that Canadian productions are draining jobs from the U.S.
Canada also has strict limits on the amount of U.S.-produced programming that it allows to be imported.