Seattle Office of Film + Music


OFFICE OF FILM + MUSIC RESPONSE TO FILM INDUSTRY LEGISLATION
May 26, 2011, 2:12 pm
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As most of you know by now, last night the legislature adjourned without the House voting on Washington’s Motion Picture Competiveness Fund, effectively ending any future funding for the program. As an office that advocates and supports film production in Seattle, this is a very disappointing outcome. For a variety of unique reasons, Washington (like Oregon and British Columbia) is well leveraged to be a successful film production center for this international industry. Over the past four years of the incentive program, the success of this program has been demonstrated by a sharp and continued increase in production on both sides of the state. Seattle alone has seen a 34% increase in production since the incentive program was put in place. Additionally, this program has seen strong support from labor and business, and also received a thorough audit by JALARC who recommended the continuation of the Fund to the legislature.

With this kind of momentum and demonstrated success, accepting the failure of the bill this session is difficult. However, as we learn more about what happened we will use what we learn to put ourselves in a better position as we approach next steps and work to improve our message for future opportunities to grow film industry jobs. We will also continue developing and marketing Seattle as a film destination and working to support our partners at Washington Filmworks. This is a setback for our local film industry but not the end of the great progress made over recent years. Seattle is, and will be, open for film business.

James Keblas
Director, Seattle Office of Film + Music

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WASHINGTONFILMWORKS ANNOUNCES INCREASE IN STATE FILM TAX INCENTIVE FROM 20% TO 30%
April 15, 2009, 3:08 pm
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Washington Film Works
Governor Gregoire signed new legislation today raising the state film incentive to 30%, making Washington State exponentially more competitive as a filming location. Film projects coming into the region because of the increase will immediately create hundreds of high-wage local jobs and will help to bring significant economic development to Washington State in the form of immediate production spending in the local economy. “The additional incentives provided in this legislation will make Washington state much more competitive in the film industry,” Gregoire said. “For every industry, Washington must do what it can to attract new business and create new jobs. Along with Washington’s beautiful locations, this legislation ensures our state is providing the right business environment that’s appealing to producers and directors.”



SEN. SCHUMER UNVEILS TICKETING LEGISLATION
April 6, 2009, 12:52 pm
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Billboard.biz:
With the backdrop of this morning’s second round of U2 tickets for their fall concert in New York, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer unveiled new legislation to improve fans’ chances of getting tickets at face price and crack down on ticket resellers. The legislation imposes a two-day waiting period from when tickets go on sale via an authorized sales channel before a ticket reseller can buy those tickets to put on the secondary market, according to a press release. Schumer’s bill does not make ticket reselling illegal. When ticket buyers need to sell their own tickets, or they want to attend an event and are willing to pay more not to be part of the initial on-sale, ticket reselling is acceptable, according to the release.