In recent years, numerous states have attracted film and television productions—and their accompanying jobs—with strong tax credit and incentive programs. As a national organization, the PGA proudly commends all such programs throughout the country. However, given the strength of our Guild’s California-based membership and the modest scale of the state’s existing incentives, we believe this legislation could have a direct and positive impact on the lives of thousands of our members. Accordingly, we support it fully, and hope that you do as well.
We urge you to contact your state Assembly member, and tell them that you support AB 1839.
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Producers Guild Presidents Gary Lucchesi and Lori McCreary's letter to Senator Lois Wolk:
Dear Senator Wolk:
On behalf of the Producers Guild of America, we wish to voice our ardent support for Assembly Bill 1839, the California Film and Television Job Retention and Promotion Act. the Producers Guild of America represents over 6,000 hardworking professionals in the film, television and new media industries, while we are a national organization, the great majority of our members live in California. We wish we could say that all of these members worked in California as well, but over the past two decades, it has become increasingly difficult to make that claim.
On behalf of our members, we write in support of AB 1839, which expands the existing Film and Tax Credit Program to accommodate the quantity and scale of film and television productions that stand to employ thousands of Californians and inject billions of dollars into state and local economies. The existing Film and Television Tax Credit Program represents a successful first step in returning California to its rightful place as our nation's leader in entertainment production. Unfortunately, the Program's scant $100,000,000 annual limit on tax credits and the disqualification of big-budget productions has compelled the vast majority of productions that would otherwise shoot in California to turn to other states such as New York, Louisiana and Michigan, where more aggressive incentive programs stand ready to meet the needs of producers.
These productions dearly want to shoot in our home state. There is no compelling reason why our members should have to uproot their lives, parting from their families for weeks or months at a time in order to shoot elsewhere. There is no compelling reason why the many ancillary crew positions should not be held by Californians. "Film Flight," the 2012 study released by the Milken Institute, has thoroughly detailed the disastrous consequences of runaway production for our state economy. Producers would like nothing more than to keep their teams close to their families, provide thousands of jobs to the workers of our state, an channel their productions' considerable spending power into our towns and cities. With your support, this goal finally will be within reach.
If the legislature fails to rise to meet this challenge, it would be a terrible shame and a painfully lost opportunity. Film, television and new media are California's home-grown industries, inescapably tied to our state's history and its future. For the sake of our thousands of PGA members and the millions of California citizens who will benefit from expanded production opportunities in our state, we thank you for your essential work on behalf of the California Film and Television Job Retention and Promotion Act, and urge your colleagues in the strongest possible terms to lend their support to AB 1839.
Gary Lucchesi Lori McCreary
Letter from California Film & Television Production Alliance to Senate Governance & Finance Committees:
Dear Senate Governance & Finance Committee Members,
On behalf of the hundreds of thousands of middle class Californians, creative talent, small businesses, and film commissions across the state that we represent, we are writing to thank you for your commitment to and leadership on AB 1839. Given the importance of the Governance & Finance Committee — our first Senate Committee hearing, we were moved, and gratified, by the strong words of support – and of course by your votes.
We were proud to have the opportunity to stand there before you to express our own concern and commitment to the passage of AB 1839. We believe the stakes are too high for us to do anything less — both for our own industry and for the economic vitality of this state.
Academy of Television Arts & Sciences
American Federation of Musicians Local 47
Association of Talent Agents
California Attractions and Parks Association
California Chamber of Commerce
California Hotel and Lodging Association
California Labor Federation
California Teamsters Public Affairs Council
California Travel Association
Chef Robért Catering
Directors Guild of America
FLICS – Film Liaisons in California Statewide
Independent Studio Services
International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees
International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Local 399
Laborers’ International Union of North America, Local
724 Motion Picture Association of America, Inc.
National Association of Theatre Owners of California/Nevada
Producers Guild of America
Recording Musicians Association
Help support. Join Mobilization Day: http://www.filmworksca.com/sacramento_mobilization_day
August 20, 2014 (Wednesday)
11:30am – 2:00pm
North Side Lawn @ Sacramento State Capitol