Filmmakers Catch A Break In New York While Los Angeles Fights For More Support.

A recovering economy can be very discouraging for entrepreneurs. Jobs are scarce so developing nontraditional skill sets could prove to be beneficial. In the area of filmmaking writing and producing has always opened doors to creating jobs. The hit show Burn Notice employs more than 150+ jobs per day.

Becoming a filmmakers isn’t an easy feat but not impossible either. Putting a good script is the first step. Learning the ends and outs of the business is invaluable as no film maker can produce without a script and its supporting documents(Not even Spielberg).

Most states understand the economic value of filmmaking and give filmmakers incentives called “Tax Credits”. Tax credits allow filmmakers to leverage financing against an allocated amount of funding towards production in that state. Basically the state will give you funding in exchange for creating jobs in there state.

More and more states are leaning on our countries non-traditional talent to help boost our nation’s economy. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed into law a bill that increases the state’s post production cost incentive to 30% from its previous rate of 10%. This incentive is the first of its kind in this country says the Post New York Alliance, an association of film and television post production facilities and labor unions operating in New York.

On the side of the tracks, Los Angeles filmmakers are battling a state deficit of $160 billion and 12% unemployment rate according to Gov. Jerry Brown. California government allocates $100 million an amount significantly less than what New York allocates for qualified product expenses. Currently, a bill has been issued to extend California’s 20%-25% tax rebate to July 1, 2018. “Over the last several years, schools have taken $20 billion in cuts so we oppose anything that is going to reduce revenue to the general fund,” said Frank Wells, spokesman for the CTA. A study by Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp. found the program pumped $3.8 billion into the state’s economy and created more than 20,000 jobs in its first two years.

California’s new extension bill will surely keep California and California’s filmmakers in the game.

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Hollywood One Ups On Use Of Trademarks

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In a recent case involving artist, Daniel Moore, whose paintings depicted historic moments in college football history which caused the University Of Alabama Board Of Trustees to secure their trademark rights gave way to a huge victory for artist worldwide and Moore.

Hollywood artist can now feel free to use trademarked brands to express an artistic work. Judge Robert Lanier Anderson states “An artistically expressive use of a trademark will not violate the Lanham Act ‘unless the use of the mark has no artistic relevance to the underlying work whatsoever, or, if it has some artistic relevance, unless it explicitly misleads as to the source or the content of the work.’”

This has been an increasingly important issue in Hollywood as more trademark holders are looking to guard their brands. Warner Bros. is currently fighting mega luxury brand Louis Vuitton over the use of a knock off hand bag in the Hangover II.

The appellate court concluded that “First Amendment interests in artistic expression so clearly outweigh whatever consumer confusion that might exist.”

The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals decision on Monday secured that artist’s first amendment rights will be protected in artistic works.

This breakthrough in trademark usage will be a huge plus for artists and filmmakers seeking to use brands for an artistic depiction.

Universal Combines Two Indies To Develop Angle Films

Jason Blum of Blumhouse and Paul Brooks of Gold Circle have been friends for some time now so putting them together to form Angle Films has been “Compelling” according to Brooks. Blum has put his signature on the horror genre with Paranormal Activity 1-3 and Insidious, while Brooks definitely leaves footprints with White Noise, The Forth Kind, and The Haunting in Connecticut.

You have to love the idea of bring two horror specialist together for one dynamic duo. Angle films have a mandate of producing genre films of 15 million to 3o million in budget according to deadline.com, however, both Blum and Brooks remain contracted with Universal as individual entities as well. Can you say ching ching!

There are no reported films in development for Angle films yet. I definitely recommend Paranormal Activity 1-3 and The Haunting in Connecticut on DVD and Blu Ray.

Kerry Washington Lands Leading Role Opposite Jaime Fox

Hollywood takes on history with “Django Unchained”. Spike Lee and Steven Spielberg are the usual powerhouses for such a historic depiction. Director Quentin Tarantino has made the leap with his selection of Kerry Washington to play the “long – suffering slave wife of Django (Jamie Foxx)”. Kerry wasn’t necessarily his only option but it was Tarantino’s primary choice. Kerry Washington has developed into a career to watch. She has starred in films such as Ray, Mr and Mrs Smith, Fantastic Four, I Think I Love My Wife, and  more.

“Django Unchained” will also feature Hollywood’s leading man Leonardo DiCaprio and well as Samuel L. Jackson. It seems Tarantino has all the pieces for a great film. It may be too early to start Oscar talks but it definitely deserves to be followed as a must see!

Check out Kerry Washington at IMBD.com keyword: Kerry Washington