Producer: ‘Midnight Rider’ Fatality Probably Would Not Have Occurred in California

Midnight Rider Doctortown Trestle Sarah Jones
Mike McCall for Variety

A prominent producer has asserted the Feb. 20 death of Sarah Jones on the “Midnight Rider” production in Georgia would probably not have occurred had the movie been shot in California.

“If it had been shot here, there would not have been the same kind of risks that were taken,” said Richard Wright of Lakeshore Entertainment during a discussion Thursday at the California Film Commission’s annual breakfast at the W Hotel. About 300 entertainment industry execs and employees attended.

Wright, Lakeshore’s head of production, was discussing the Los Angeles shoot of Lakeshore’s Elizabeth Banks comedy “Walk of Shame.” Ralph Meyer, who served as location manger on “Walk of Shame,” told the audience that producers and assistant directors in California are usually highly attentive to safety concerns.

Meyer also noted it’s never a surprise, however, when there’s pressure to cut corners on safety. “Sometimes people are going to want to stretch what’s possible,” he said.

Production on “Midnight Rider” was halted after second camera assistant Jones was killed in the Feb. 20 train accident on a railway bridge in Georgia. She died and seven others were injured when a train unexpectedly came down the tracks as the crew was at the bridge shooting a dream sequence.

William Hurt, who was at the shoot, pulled out Wednesday from his starring role as Gregg Allman in “Midnight Rider.”

“Walk of Shame,” which has a $15 million budget, received a California film production tax credit covering 20% of production costs. Without it, Wright said, the film would not have been shot in California with Georgia, Lousiana, Massachusetts or North Carolina being the likely locations.

The breakfast included a strong endorsement by a key California official of a bill to expand the state’s film-TV tax credit program, starting in 2016. The current program allocates $100 million in credits annually and is smaller than those in rival states such as Georgia, Louisiana and New York.

“The direct economic contributions that the industry makes to the state are very substantial,” said Kish Rajan, director of the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development. “There is no greater marketing engine for that California brand than the film and TV industry.”

Rajan also told the audience the Gov. Jerry Brown “understands how important you are.”

Brown has not indicated whether he would support an expansion of the tax credit program — which he would have to approve for the bill to take effect after it passes the state legislature. Rajan noted that there are “political difficulties” in that arena.

Rajan also pointed out that the state’s economy has been on the upswing since Brown took office in 2011. “California’s best days are ahead of it,” he added.

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  1. Kaity T says:

    Before anything, I’ll admit I know littllasto nothing about the filming industry or it’s Safety Standards – but seriously? Saying it wouldn’t have happened in California… when this senseless tragedy wouldn’t have occurred here if they had obliged CXS telling them they didn’t have permission. Period.

    Jesup sits midway of 2 major CXS rail yards. Savannah and Waycross, (largest rice yard on this CXS network) where I happen to live. That stretch of track is busy day and night. Someone should be in jail.

  2. The loss of any crew member is way beyond reasoning with what our purpose in production is all about.

    As far as responsibilities, each of us should know right from wrong. In this age of EFX, do the stunt in post, or on a stage. I don’t care where you’re shooting or what union you belong to, a person or life must never be compromised in the name of production.

    Unions all over our country conduct safety seminars, vendors conduct safety seminars, my company conducted safety seminars with cranes and dollies when we had a camera support division in Orlando. For anyone to say it wouldn’t happen in here is blind. Historically, the industry has always had “hot shot” producers and directors attempting to push the envelope. That’s what needs to change!

    By the way, I salute the loyalty of those in the LA production community commenting on incentives or bribes. Incentives are a good thing for production budgets. It can help get the right people at a fair price without compromising a budget. Most incentive dollars are connected to state marketing or EDC funds controlled by their states, not bribes. Incentives are required by investors when raising funds for a project. Sadly, California has been complacent and waited too long to pursue incentives. Now, as Hollywood (reported by Variety and THR a few of weeks ago) has fallen to 4th place in production, it can hardly be said it’s the center of filmmaking, it isn’t. Each studio has major ties with the UK, Vancouver, now down under, those are the run-away productions initiated by the big 6 as they always pursue incentives friendly locations. As long as it shoots in the US, it should be OK, we have many ways to travel to locations.

    But, getting back to the point, for Mr. Wright to make a comment to gain some local support with film commissioners was very sad, once again showing the level of mentality out there. I’ll say it again…Wright was wrong.

  3. Charkie Coulter says:

    Sounds like a California commercial to lure productions back into the state.

    • Robbie Goldstein says:

      It happened in Georgia because the actual number of people on the set was relatively small. If a full blown movie company had set up close in and around the tracks with 110 grips, electric, props, drivers, camera, and all the equipment to support such it wouldn’t have happened. If a similar site outside the LA Zone had been found, say near Tahoe, Northern California, and a similar and experienced below the line people involved I think it could happen. But not in he severely monitored area of the 30mile zone in LA. An experienced Location Mgr. 399 teamsters or LMGA member would not have participated if knowing the 1 min rule was a possibility. Might he or she looked away not shown up if knowing the track was little used and enough warning could be given. Then I say maybe. Your in the middle of nowhere. But the same situation with a full blown company around to witness. It would not have happened.

  4. Why do people keep forgetting that the producers on MIDNIGHT RYDER and the 1st AD were from California? Many crew in Georgia had reservations about working with these irresponsible west coast producers and AD team from the start. I’m sure, though, just like they are not a good example of the skills and professionalism of Georgia crew leadership (and they are NOT from Georgia), they are also a poor representation of California crew leadership, as I’ve worked with many fine producers and ADs from California as well. Blaming regions of the country for safety failures is ridiculous.

  5. Eryn Krueger Mekash says:

    I wish I could agree with this article, as much as Inwould love to be working back in California. This accident would’ve happened regardless of what the location was as long as these producers/director are involved.

  6. Howard Beale says:

    DON’T KILL THE MESSENGER! The statement that this tragedy would probably not have occurred in California is accurate, whether or not the Key production people are from California because California has stringent established permitting and safety and industry oversight. Face it, the permit states often operate on a “What happens in____________Stays in_____________” basis. The town “Midnight Rider” was filmed in didn’t even have a permit process and they fired the longtime liaison for doing his job because of complaints by Randall Miller. Look beyond your own regional pride, the statement stand as factually accurate. It’s a very low blow to accuse a writer of the caliber of Dave McNary of having an agenda. Deal with it, over 100 years of film production in California means we have learned something along the way. California is and will always be the film capitol of the world.

  7. Timothy Oates says:

    I should have counted to ten and proofread.

  8. Timothy Oates says:

    Give me a f’ing break! In California my ass. I grew up around Hollywood. My father was the late actor Warren Oates. If you want to throw around blanket statements and want to challenge the professionalism of the crews I work with out here in North Carolina, and surrounding areas, and compare them to the crews in LA and claim this would not have happened if shot there, you sir are as ignorant as they come. Hide behind a “what if” statement all you want. The decisions that led to the death of an employee of a company which is staffed and ran by those precious California folks you claim would not allow such to happen is totally irresponsible of you.

    Can you be any more ridiculous with such a statement? What a arrogant claim to speak and attach your name to. Wow! Simply, “WOW!!!”.

  9. Ray Brown says:

    LA production company, LA director, LA producers, LA 1st AD….. You want me to continue?? And you say this would not have happened in LA. ? Please do not attempt to use this tragedy as a platform for your personal gain. Pathetic at best.
    Clutching at straws at the least. Don’t come to our state, commit a crime, then blame us. Idiots .

  10. Glenn Fishel says:

    Excuse me, but California doesn’t have a monopoly on film set safety. This accident in Georgia wouldn’t have happened here in New York, because the Key Grip would have insisted on being on set and would have said NO to the powers that be. Randall Miller would have been told to go fuck himself for even thinking about endangering the lives of the crew.

    • Robbie Goldstein says:

      I am a retired location manager had the opportunity to work with some New York crew on a movie in Pittsburg ironically with John Landis as the director.. I absolutely agree and they were great guys. Early Saturday morning in LA.. Little foggy Richie Ford was on the crew

  11. IshouldNO says:

    I have to agree, I doubt it would have happened in L.A. for a couple reasons:
    – all SoCal film unions REQUIRE safety courses, it really does help you become more aware of your safety generally
    – a production company that chases the biggest tax incentives is also going to be the one cutting costs wherever they can – like not locking the railway bridge as a permitted & legal location,
    – the L.A residents that were ‘in charge’ aren’t very good at what they do; that’s why they have to go out of state to work. If they were good, they’d find work in L.A. The good ones working in L.A. would never allowed this to go down, ever.

    So you have a greedy production company choosing to shoot in a state mainly due to cost, lackluster AD, UPM and LM who can’t find work in Los Angeles, and a crew of local folks that aren’t required to have basic safety training and/or the experience to say no. Pretty much a recipe for disaster sooner or later.
    SoCal learned it’s lesson (in large part) due to Twilight Zone – it’s not perfect, but it’s better.
    Georgia will hopefully overhaul how they operate due to this tragedy. When a crew member is killed or crippled in -insert state here- (Louisiana, Alabama, or ‘tax incentive state of the month’) they’ll overhaul how they do business too – because of all the greedy entities, the states and unions are the worst offenders and won’t change a damn thing until they are forced to through public outcry.

    • Brian Dzyak says:

      I agree with your points entirely.

      This accident belongs in the same column as the Bangladesh tragedy when over 1100 garment workers were killed in 2013. Clothing manufacturers are now permitted to troll the planet for the cheapest labor in the least regulated regions in order to boost their own profits.

      It’s the general culture of slashing labor costs in the most deregulated areas of our nation that leads to producers and studios to look for States which offer cheaper labor, little to no regulation, and in most cases, tax bribes on top of it all spurred on by extortion techniques as just seen in Maryland with “House of Cards.” Producers demanded more money from the State of Maryland or else they’d move production somewhere else. That is extortion, plain and simple. And Maryland just coughed up the dough today. That is the bribe.

      • Brian Dzyak says:

        Pops07, there is no doubt that primary blame goes to those at the top who made the decision to go ahead with a production day at a location that was inherently unsafe. No argument there.

        Yes, there are a great many very experienced crew members in Georgia, but by all accounts, the crew on “Rider” was relatively inexperienced. I know that Sarah herself had expressed concern about the production even before this day happened. She had worked on larger movies and at least recognized that something was “wrong” with the “Rider” production. But, as others have stated, a more experienced crew would have not only seen that the situation was problematic, but would likely have done something tangible about it before walking out onto those tracks. And yes, low budget productions occur everywhere, but this was just another one taking advantage of tax bribes in order to cut costs even further.

        We can’t see into the minds of those at the top who made this decision to understand why such stupidity occurred, but we can know that this production was born from that culture which seeks to slash costs in every way possible, from taking advantage of tax bribes to trying to steal a scene without proper permits and precautions in place and using a young crew who wouldn’t feel confident enough to raise the red flag and put a stop to it.

      • pops07 says:

        Denigrating crews from another state is absurd and shows a total lack of reality. I have shot in Georgia many times and their techs are on a par with any out of LA. The trestle tragedy is the fault of the LA producer and director who eschewed safety – an act that had nothing to do with state incentives. It was their call to disregard CSX’s refusal to grant location access, thus committing what amounts to criminal trespass.

    • No clue says:

      Your arguments are absurd.

  12. stopandcare says:

    This is obviously propaganda and a sales pitch for California Film Industry. The gloves have come off and everybody is finding their personal gain from a tragic incident . A incident mind you that was created through California’s very own.
    Randall Miller, joe Pavin and Unclaimed Freight all from the sunny side of California! In this business all follow the leader for a successful shoot. Doesn’t matter what state. All of us in this business have California training and experience . This was and is on the hands of people who left California for the sake of money. ” Go to Georgia they’re tax incentive will save us millions and make us more”! The Film Industry came here for the sake money! Don’t Blame Georgia and a lack of Safety. Our track record is solid where safety is concerned . Shame on Richard Wright for his crappy evaluation. My bet is that he is being “Lobbied” to promote California’s Film Buisness cause its currently nonexisistant compared to the old days. A complete Ghosttown ! Everybody has an Agenda!

  13. curious PA says:

    Richard Wright: a note about paragraph three for you:

    THE PRODUCERS AND THE ASSISTANT DIRECTORS ON THIS PROJECT ARE FROM CALIFORNIA WHERE THEY HAVE SPENT THE MAJORITY OF THEIR CAREERS. Randall Miller, Jody Savin, Hillary Schwarz.

    Care to give credit where it’s due? Maybe take a little (gasp!) personal responsibility? Feel free to write some comments on all the articles about your rant to at least try to get your foot out of your prejudice mouth?

    I hope California crews don’t get a bad label of getting people hurt on sets when they leave home to shoot out of state.

    • IshouldNO says:

      The LA based production company and the dept heads they brought in failed Sarah Jones. They should be held accountable. This was not the fault of anyone below the line.

      The State of Georgia and it’s film commission should have safety standards and more oversight in place for productions and crew. They choose not to -most likely- because that would deter the incentive chasers from choosing their state due to higher costs and/or more pesky paperwork.

      The LA based crew that were brought out to Georgia are not good at what they do. That’s why they can’t find work in California. But boy o boy, there’s ooodles of work for them in Georgia.

      That they were brought across the country to work on this admittedly low budget picture; what does that say about Georgia’s 1st ADs, UPMs and LMs? There isn’t better, more qualified people locally? I guess not.

      Hopefully that clears things up for you curious PA

    • Brian Dzyak says:

      I think that the point is that the rest of the crew wouldn’t have allowed this situation to happen as there tend to be more experienced crew in California than other “tax bribe” States. So yes, there was failure certainly at the top from people in positions who should have known better, but a more experienced crew would have recognized that there were things amiss before agreeing to put themselves into that situation. An inherently younger, less experienced, and less “safety trained” crew is less likely to challenge those in charge.

      • Brian Dzyak says:

        No, it isn’t “capitalism” for a local, State, or National government to use tax dollars from tax payers as a payout to Corporations/businesses which extract that money via extortion.

        Capitalism is when someone with “capital” invests real money into a business to allow it to function and hopefully succeed financially producing a profit for that investor.

        By your definition, Cameradept, the taxpayers of Georgia (and all other tax bribe States) should be considered co-producers/co-investors thereby entitled to a share of the profits. Tell us how much in gross profits that Georgia has been paid by all of the productions which have been produced in Georgia with tax dollars offered up as “incentives”? In other words, are the taxpayers of Georgia being paid back their initial investment in addition to being profit-partners of every movie made in the State?

        No, what this system is isn’t “Capitalism.” It is better described as extortion on the part of Corporations paid out as bribes by unwitting taxpayers. I would suggest you take a basic economics course coupled with a comprehensive history course.

  14. Michael W says:

    I think Mr. Wright shameful use of this tragedy as a marketing tool for his cause is at the very least distasteful and honestly downright disrespectful. It’s one thing to advocate out of a concern for safety and push for better safeguards but this whole arguement is presented with the major concern being the economic impact and the human tragedy is just used as a garnish to try to make the point more impactful and urgent. In reality it just emphasises how little regard the human loss of life means to this individual. It seems if the real value was on human life and safety as so thinly proclaimed you would would at least respect and be more sensitive to how you tout this as your argument for creating tax incentives. He didn’t even use hard numbers to back up his speculations just conjecture and his feelings. Kind of sickening overall when I really think about it.

  15. mary says:

    So It is OK to bash other states for having film incentives…but you try to use this tragedy to say that CA should increase theirs to keep films, like this one, in CA? Using the argument this would not have happened if it filmed in CA. Really? Most of the key crew members were not from GA. Those who chose to film in GA and who bore the ultimate responsibility for safety were from CA. But you think they would have behaved differently in another state their own state??? B#//$)!^… Put blame where blame lies. With those that did not follow the safety guidelines…did not follow permits…did not think of their crew’s safety. This would and could have happened anywhere with the same people making the ultimate decisions.

  16. Rhonda says:

    The producer, director, UPM and 1st AD on “Midnight Rider” were all California based. They were the ones who blatantly put people’s lives in danger, and caused the death of a vibrant young woman. As a 2nd AD in Atlanta, I resent the implication that ADs in other states aren’t as concerned about safety as those in California. That is completely wrong, and a feeble attempt to sabotage the incentives in other states. Perhaps the people making these comments should actually speak with those who have worked elsewhere and get their take on the crews, ADs, etc.

  17. sandy says:

    Midnight Rider producers are seasoned California producers. Unclaimed Freight is a Pasadena based company. Miller, Savin and Sedrish have long, industry resumes.

  18. curious PA says:

    Odd. The DP, first AD, and producers live in L.A.

  19. ;-) says:

    There were film students on that set, recent grads , etc., who knew better but didn’t ask. That’s a shame. Too eager to please and far too trusting. This happens a lot with these kids though. The mantra is better to ask for forgiveness than permission. They get caught in school doing the wrong thing and get a slap on the wrist. They leave school with that mentality. This tragedy is what happens.

    The aforementioned school has not mentioned or acknowledged the fact that alumni or current students were on that set. Not one word has been said to students or faculty. Sad.

    • mary says:

      I only Know of one recent grad on set that day. So are you blaming the crew or the person (s) that placed them in this situation?

  20. Janet Melody says:

    Here’s a famous California film…Twilight Zone the movie. Vic Morrow, Myca Dinh Le and Renee Shin-Yi Chen will attest to how much safer it is to work in California.

    • Brian Dzyak says:

      Significant safety initiatives have been put into place since the Twilight Zone disaster so that is a ludicrous comparison to make.

      The fact is that the entire tax BRIBE scam drives producers to place cost-cutting above all else, including safety. Producers don’t NEED “incentives” to make movies. But they sure will take the bribes which cut their costs and allow them to further squeeze below-the-line crews on rates and box-rentals, even while overall profits continue to rise. And once that domino effect of “savings” begins, it will continue into other aspects of production, such as safety, by pushing inexperienced crews outside of California into situations that experienced crews would never allow to occur.

      By all accounts, the majority of the crew on Midnight Rider was woefully inexperienced and arguably too eager to want to please those in charge. So instead of someone speaking up and inquiring about the safety concerns that would have been very evident to experienced crews, nobody said anything, at least not loud enough to put a stop to a dangerous situation before tragedy occurred.

      California crews have been required to take “Safety Pass” classes for several years now which draw attention to potentially hazardous situations. Crews outside California have NOT been required to take the same classes. Therefore it is highly unlikely that anyone would have walked onto that trestle if it had been in California. Not only would there have been more experienced crew, but that crew also would have been trained in proper safety procedures.

      • K says:

        That is beyond ignorant to say that no one in California would have walked onto that train trestle. I spent the first 14 years of my career in California and no question about it, I would have gone out there in my 1st 5 years. Now I wouldn’t because I know better. Why do I know better? Experience. That experience has nothing to do with where I live. Experience is not measured by zip code. It is measured in months and years.
        I’ve talked to countless others who have said the same thing… That in the beginning of their careers they would have gone out there. Please stop your inflammatory and uneducated comments. Sarah is not a political pawn for you to toss around to try to accomplish your agenda of making more movies in California.

      • Brian Dzyak says:

        There was failure at every level, from those who made the decision to choose the location and shoot without permission to those who knew better and allowed it to happen, to the general culture of saving money in every way possible at the expense of crew and others not directly involved in production.

      • Janet Melody says:

        Ludicrous is blaming Southern film crews for the mismanagement by LA producers, director and 1st AD . This was a low budget POS film and to use this tragedy as a venue to tout that film should have stayed in LA is even cheaper.

        Its sooo easy to blame the local crew. Perhaps the finger should be pointed at the LA people who did not do their jobs…line producer, director, 1st AD.

  21. annamarie smith says:

    the argument doesn’t hold water… first Assistant Director has loads of experience/credits shooting in Los Angeles, as well as producers.

  22. zombiecatprod says:

    Guess where the producers and ADs on Midnight Rider were from. Oh shucks. LA you say? That’s interesting.

  23. pops07 says:

    Richard is full of crap to make such a generalization. Set safety begins with the producer and director, regardless of the location.

    • David McGiffert says:

      Pops07 you are absolutely correct. This is a mind-set that was at fault here. It had nothing to do
      with an area of the country. By overlooking that glaring fact, Richard is just making it clear that he doesn’t know what he is talking about.

  24. Linda B says:

    Seriously? It was a California production company in the biz since 1995, with a USC grad in charge as Director/Producer, and his producer wife, an IFC and Berkeley grad, who bitched about the Savannah Film Office telling them what they could and couldn’t do, with a DGA LA based 1st AD, and an IATSE highly experienced location manager. Stop bashing Georgia, and start placing the blame where it belongs.

    • Michael E. Bierman says:

      This had nothing to do with the location, as you astutely point out. The Georgia bashers reek the foul scent of sour grapes.

  25. Richard Wright is nuts to make such a general comment! Crews around the globe are skilled and concerned with safety. The corners cut, were hiring crews who had little experience in production. There have been countless accidents in Hollywood over the many years, to make a statement like this is “kissing the butts” of the commissioner and the event he attended.

    I have many years of production in Florida and other states including LA, we never had any accidents. If you want to blame someone, let’s start with the unions who needs to teach better safety requirements to newcomers or producers who need to have a better knowledge of production other than to “make a film”.

    Wright is dead wrong!

    • Brian Dzyak says:

      California crews are required to attend Safety Pass classes run by Contract Services. Crews outside California are not required to take safety training.

      No one wants to upset the Tax Bribe scam in States outside California by empowering crews with safety training which could result in crews daring to challenge production.

      • Brian Dzyak says:

        No, I’m not saying the Safety Passports would have definitively stopped this tragedy from occurring, but I am saying that the culture of “make it cheap” led to this production seeking out a tax bribe State and hiring inexperienced inexpensive crew who likely were not A) trained adequately regarding safety and B) were not confident enough to stand up to “production” when confronted with an unsafe environment.

        Early reports suggest that the crew was told that “….if a train comes they will have a few minutes to clear the tracks.” (paraphrased). The key word as reported was “if.” An experienced crew in a State which requires safety training would have stopped right there at the word “if.” Railroad tracks are either locked up or they aren’t. And being on a live track is one thing, but sending a crew onto a trestle when the escape plan leads them TOWARD the approaching train is unconscionable.

        And this is endemic of the modern Corporate culture which seeks out geographic areas for “manufacturing” with the cheapest labor, the least amount of regulation, and when possible, government kickbacks. That’s what led to over 1100 people being killed in Bangladesh in a garment factory. This is what led “House of Cards” to successfully extort Maryland into handing out more taxpayer money. It is what allowed Boeing to successfully extort Washington state to keep its plants there. We see constant commercials from various States urging businesses to move there because of zero taxes and fewer regulations. It’s a general culture of greed which permeates our nation and causes real people to suffer and in some cases, die.

      • K says:

        Safety Bulletins and Safety Passport classes are two different things. The safety Bulletins are available to all IATSE members nationwide and are posted on every show I’ve worked on in Georgia, and are posted in every other state for that matter. You are ridiculously arguing that safety passport classes would have prevented this from happening but there is no class regarding trains. I know this because I’ve taken all of my classes. Oh, and I happen to live in what you seem to feel is the woefully uneducated state of Georgia. What would have prevented this from happening is the producers/directors form Los Angeles following the clearly established rules that are already in place. Did the follow the safety bulletins? No, they didn’t. Did the follow the law? No, they didn’t. Did they mislead their cast and crew? Yes, they did. Where this occurred is irrelevant. People choosing to not follow the rules and break the law is what allowed this to happen. The fact that you are trying to pit state against state is dispicable.

      • Brian Dzyak says:

        Here is the Safety Bulletin regarding Train Safety issued by CSATF. http://www.csatf.org/pdf/28RAILROADS.pdf

      • K says:

        A) There is no safety passport class regarding trains. B) the reason the crew was inexperienced is because it was a low budget movie. Up until a couple of years ago all low budget movies in California were staffed by inexperienced crews as well, because that is usually how the system works. Where the movie was shooting is irrelevant. The budget of the movie however is very relevant.

      • j says:

        Not True….Many Atlanta technicians have traveled to LA to get their Safety Passes…plus all the LA transplants now living in Georgia that have Safety Passes….These folks were possibly available…but were passed up for Interns by a Director and Producer from LA…

  26. anuel says:

    That is a load of crap.Gov.Brown when first came to office should of done the tax credit.But, he did not do anything till now.Why?To pay back the unions for his campaign.Even now is really la(e.

    Some here in business have been trying for years and years to get the tax credit to be passed in Sacramento.Sacramento has turned it down again and again..As time passed.Many businesses and jobs were lost.Like 20th Century Props.Those jobs are never coming back.Also,the days when Hollywood would be so busy with work back in the day.The unions would give permits.Those days are done.

    We feel the loss jobs just like every other industry that sent woirk overseas for cheaper labor..Corporations make more and more money while the working class is barely afloat.

  27. Robbie Goldstein says:

    Why does BROWN continue to vascilllate.? He knows his economic philosophy. He either believes in incentives or not? It’s the law at 100 million. He must have a future assumption to go on regarding the growth of the the economy two to three years out. If not, get rid of your advisors. So step up say yes or no. Give a number you can live with and lead on this issued . Just staying on the sidelines doing nothing is wrong on many levels. Lead the state don’t sit on it.

    • Brian Dzyak says:

      Anyone with a brain understands that “incentives” are merely bribes brought into existence by extortion. Producers play States and nations against one another to extract the largest bribe from whoever will cough it up. Studios and producers get to shave “manufacturing” costs and pocket the difference on top of the ever-growing box-office profits. Meanwhile, taxpayers get robbed of much needed revenue while crew members are left holding the bag, required to still pay their own taxes while those at the top walk away not paying a dime.

      It’s a race to the bottom that many States have already figured out and decided to stop. It’s only a matter of time until States stop the “incentive” insanity because they need that revenue for basic infrastructure and there’s only so much that can be extracted from labor.

      • Brian Dzyak says:

        That’s correct, J. This film is not set in Atlanta. There are several Los Angeles scenes being shot in Atlanta for no reason other than the tax bribe system. This forces families apart for months on end and robs taxpayers of much-needed revenue.

      • Jeez says:

        Anything to sell your book Brian?

      • j says:

        If a LA producer decides to film outside of LA and hire Film School Students instead of local Safety Trained Professionals …..How in the world can you blame the film students for taking money out of your California pocket and being unsafe….please research the details and then choose one agenda.

      • j says:

        Brian on your website it says:
        Currently on location in Atlanta, Georgia continuing work for Fast & Furious 7.

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