State Legislature Passes Motion Picture Production Incentive.
An important responsibility of the HPA is to be an advocate for the post production industry and its workers on important issues which affect the entertainment industry in general and the post production industry specifically.
The post production industry is dependent on a strong entertainment industry. HPA has and continues to work with a strong coalition of other entertainment industry participants in promoting practices and policies which ensure the long- term success and growth of the industry. Some of the other participants that HPA has worked with on industry related issues include governmental agencies, other trade associations, guilds and labor unions.
Our participation may include working with government or other agencies on business issues related to tax legislation, labor and workplace rules, workers comp, and other business related issues which we feel are important to the long term health of the entertainment and the post production industry.
HPA recently participated as a member of a coalition of entertainment industry organizations, guilds and unions who have been working to help keep the U.S.and California competitive with other countries, states and cities in providing incentives for production and post production. We supported federal legislation which passed at the end of last year which provides production tax incentives for filming in the U.S.
Within the last couple of months we have actively engaged in lobbying efforts on behalf of AB777 which would have provided a state income tax credit as an incentive to promote production and post production completed in California. Although this bill narrowly missed passage, we anticipate that there will be new opportunities to address these important issues in the coming year.
We believe the entertainment industry will continue to experience significant changes as technology advances and everything from the way content is produced to how a consumer views will potentially change from today’s established practices. With this change we believe it is important that we represent the broader industry in appropriately representing our collective issues and promoting practices which will continue to provide opportunities and growth to all of our members.