Tom Sherak Tapped as L.A. Film Czar

Tom Sherak LA Film Tzar
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Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has tapped Tom Sherak as the city’s so-called film czar, earning a salary of $1 per year.

Sherak is the high-profile figure that Garcetti promised he would appoint to lobby Sacramento and promote production in Los Angeles.

“Tom will lead our campaign for production incentives in Sacramento and is empowered to work across city departments to make L.A. the best possible location for production,” Garcetti said in a statement.

Sherak said, “I look forward to helping Mayor Garcetti stop runaway production, increase state production tax credits and city City Hall red tape.”

Sherak was previously president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences and currently is a consultant for Skydance Productions, One Three Media and other entertainment companies. He was a partner at Revolution Films, and consulted for Marvel Studios on films such as “Iron Man.” He served as chairman of the 20th Century Fox Film Group.

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  1. Bill Thomas says:

    The real difference: production incentives. The Mayor is correct in noting that California’s biggest challenges are due to highly competitive tax incentives in place in states around the country. California needs to expand our incentive program in order to stay competitive, or we risk watching one of our signature industries walk out the door. Tom Sherak and the City of Los Angeles have a major challenge ahead of them in Sacramento, and I wish them well. Let’s work together so that Los Angeles and film and television production don’t end up looking like Detroit and the auto industry.

  2. Sandy Rivkin says:

    Yea Tom
    Bring back our industry to our town.

    Sandy Rivkin

  3. Bruce says:

    China declared war on our film biz a few days ago
    “world domination in 5 years” that is a quote. They have 8.2 billion to make it happen. What do we have to prevent them from taking away ALL our big film projects? We need at least a 50% cash back program NOW. with ALL fees reduced!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Steven says:

    That’s good news. Before the Tax subsidy fight, he can do a couple of no cost things: Bring L.A. county agencies , L.A. City, Parks & Rec, Beaches and Harbours, Bldg & Safety, Public bldgs, Public schools, libraries, L.A. City parking lots under one permit and start being a little pro film business. “Request” the downtown developers, financial district, and downtown parking lots who received vast sums of money from the city to be film friendly. Start to make Police and fire officers in line with NYC and Atlanta. We are not the Police and fire fighters retirement fund.

  5. That’s great news, always heard food things about him, and it sounds like he is the ideal person for this position.

  6. Nick Turner says:

    Very solid choice. Tom Sherak is an extremely knowledgeable and well respected movie executive. Kudos to Garcetti.

  7. TJ says:

    Tom is a good guy! Congrats! $1 a year? He doesn’t need it.

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