December 1, 2014 6:36pm
One measure would extend for five years an existing waiver of fees charged for filming on city-owned or controlled properties, including City Hall, airports, police stations and city libraries. The city has waived $1.8 million of those fees the past five years, or $350,000 a year. The new waivers would run through fiscal year 2019.
The Council’s Ad Hoc Committee on Film and TV Production Jobs has already approved the changes, which also would coordinate film permitting across all city departments, and create a customer-service survey to ensure city departments meet the needs of the film and TV industry.
“Film and TV production is essential to our city’s economy and to our cultural history,” said Councilmember Paul Krekorian, the committee chairman. “It creates tens of thousands of jobs, generates millions (of dollars) in economic activity and keeps L.A. on the map as the entertainment capital of the world. These measures that the City Council is taking up will simplify the film-permitting process; incentivize filming at city-owned properties, and show that Los Angeles is ready to improve the way it does business with the film industry.”
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