L.A. TV Pilot Incentive Approved
On March 13, the Los Angeles City approved item 12-0564-S1, which waives all city fees for television pilots shot in Los Angeles.
Moved by Eric Garcetti and seconded by Paul Krekorian on June 12, 2012, the motion was referred to the Jobs and Business Development Committee, who recommended the motion for approval.
“My plan is that if you film a pilot in Los Angeles, you will not get a bill from the city,” Garcetti said. “Other cities, states and countries are offering powerful incentives to lure those jobs away. We are fighting back to keep those jobs right here—where they belong.”
Once all affected city departments have reported back that they have implemented procedures to implement this action, it will go back to City Council to become policy.
Fox Sports West Contract Approved
The IATSE contract with Fox Sports West was approved by the SportsNet members on April 10.
Among the gains for the members are an extra fee for mixers doing surround sound, increase in the fee for time spent traveling by car, an increase in contributions to MPIHP and Server/Tape Room staffing requirements to keep up with new technology.
Rate increases are 1.5% the first year retroactively, 3.25% the second and 3.5% the third. A-2s and utilities will get additional increases in order to bring their rates up to standards.
The IATSE represents sports television production crews in Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, Portland, Texas, Arizona, Minneapolis, Washington, New York and Chicago.
J.L. Fisher’s Open House and BBQ Lunch
J.L. Fisher will be conducting their 8th Annual Open House, Mixer and BBQ Lunch (excellent food … last year, they had pizza barbecued on the grill) on Saturday, May 18, 2013, at J.L. Fisher, 1000 West Isabel Street, Burbank, CA 91506.
Local 695 will be demonstrating the Fisher boom and you’re welcome to hop up and spend some time working on the boom yourself. We’ll be there all day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. so you can stop by anytime. Jim Fisher offers tours of the Fisher facility at noon and 1:30 p.m. It’s all free.
Parade of Sound Carts
Considerable ingenuity was on display at the second annual Parade of Sound Carts hosted by the Cinema Audio Society on April 20. More than 20 participants displayed their sound carts and answered questions at the Local 80 stage in Burbank.
JOHN ANDREW OLIVER
Production Sound Mixer
Feb. 14, 1920 – Jan. 31, 2013