Showbiz Expo to open today

Events, panels, presentations to address 'Net, digital video, prod'n costs

With nearly 40 events, panels and keynote presentations skedded to take place during Variety’s Showbiz Expo, which kicks off today and will run through Sunday at L.A.’s Convention Center, a number of pressing industry issues such as Internet practices, digital video, editing and production costs will be addressed.

One panel of note dubbed “Can the American Entertainment Production Industry Effectively Compete in the Global Economy?” will be set into motion today.

Panel, comprised of members of think tank ECO2000, will discuss the results of an extensive survey detailing the continued flight of productions and jobs from the U.S. to the Great White North.

Key points from the 1999 survey include:

  • Thirty-seven percent of the 161 feature films shot in North America with a production period of six weeks or greater were filmed in Canada.

  • Sixty-three percent of the 246 made-fors and minis shot were filmed in Canada.

  • In the U.S., productions of six weeks or greater are down 32 percent from last year.

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