Bills aiding in-state pic prod’n OK’d

2000-01 budget includes $15.3 mil for program

Gov. Gray Davis has signed two bills that will aid in the fight to retain film production in California.

“These bills will help maintain California’s status as the film and television capital of the world,” Gov. Davis said. “Both of these bills provide significant incentives for film production companies to film in California.”

AB 484 by Assemblywoman Sheila Kuehl (D-Santa Monica), administered through the California Film Commission, establishes the Film California First program within the Trade and Commerce Agency. The 2000-01 budget includes $15.3 million for this program that, when implemented through the provisions in this bill, will reimburse specified federal, state and local agencies for the costs they incur for television and film productions in their jurisdictions. These reimbursements will be in lieu of film permit and fee charges to the production companies.

SB 2061 by Sen. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) establishes the State Theatrical Arts Resources (STAR) partnership within the Trade and Commerce Agency and is coordinated through the California Film Commission. The bill will facilitate the film and television industry’s access to surplus state property, such as vacant office and warehouse space, for in-state productions.

The 2000-01 budget also included a $1.4 million budget augmentation for the California Film Commission to further assist in this effort.

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