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Governor Gregoire to sign Washington’s Film Incentive Bill into law tonight!

It was recently confirmed that Governor Gregoire will sign 2ESB 5539 tonight at a signing ceremony scheduled to begin at 7:00 pm in Olympia.  The bill is 11th bill on the agenda. This ceremony is open to the public and members of the film community are invited to attend.  Representatives from Washington Filmworks will be in attendance as well.  Visit the Washington Filmworks blog for directions and more information.

What do you think about the passing of the Motion Picture Competitiveness Bill?
March 23, 2012, 11:45 am
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Media, Inc.
Now’s your chance as a filmmaker, or a member of cast or crew working in Washington, to respond to the recent renewal of the Motion Picture Competitiveness Bill. Media Inc. will compile your answers and they will be included in the upcoming issue of the Magazine and online. Comment on the article page, or drop them an email at to let them know what you have to say. Media, Inc. publishes a number of online and print magazines, and hosts a valuable resource list for the creative industries in the Northwest.

The bill passed the Senate (40-8) and House (92-6). The Governor has until March 31st to sign the bill into law.

Duff McKagen Says “Yes” to Renewing Washington Film Incentive

Seattle Weekly 
Former Guns N’ Roses bassist, Duff McKagan, offers some personal words of wisdom as a Seattle-to-L.A. transplant. The musician has made Los Angeles a part-time home, and although he raves of his parent soil, he presents a few things for Seattle to take note of from the City of Angels. Aside from advising Seattleites to “wear sunglasses more often,” McKagan expresses his strong support for a Washington state film incentive. By living in L.A., McKagan has seen first-hand the positive impact of a thriving film community, and he believes it would be a huge economic mistake to jettison the program up north. To express your support for the incentive, visit Washington Filmworks blog.

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UPDATE: Washington Filmworks Updates Us on Film Incentive

Last week, the bill to renew the Motion Picture Competitiveness Program moved from the Senate to the House. Yesterday, the bill (also known as SB 5539) was voted out of the House Committee on Community and Economic Development and Housing with a winning vote of 8 to 1. The bill is now on the way to the House Ways and Means Committee, where funding was cut last year. Washington Filmworks has published an easy-to-follow online resource, where constituents can easily “send a letter with three clicks of the mouse.” Help support the Washington film industry by contacting a committee member today.

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Washington Film Incentive Bill Gets House Hearing This Morning
February 16, 2012, 11:37 am
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Washington Filmworks
Washington Filmworks announces that SB 5539 has been scheduled for a hearing this morning in the House Committee on Community & Economic Development & Housing at 10 am. Washington Filmworks Board Chair, Becky Bogard, and Executive Director, Amy Lillard, are in Olympia this morning to testify on behalf of the Motion Picture Competitiveness Program. Says Lillard, “This morning’s hearing is evidence that the bill is moving quickly. This legislative session is scheduled to end March 8th, so there is no time to delay. Please contact your Representatives by telephone or email as soon as possible in support of SB5539.”

A Call to Action for Business from Washington Filmworks

Washington Filmworks 
Since its creation in 2007, Washington Filmworks’ Motion Picture Competitiveness Program has brought film productions to our state that have spent over $38 million of spending with Washington businesses, and created more than 4,000 immediate jobs. Businesses that sustain and gain from film production are asked to write their legislators, urging them to renew the Motion Picture Competitiveness Program during the 2012 legislative session, and are invited to use the Washington Filmworks Business Letter of Support at the above link. Also, listen to Amy Lillard, Executive Director of Washington Filmworks, today at 2:30pm on Komo News Radio.

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Washington Filmworks
As the fight to renew the state’s Motion Picture Competitiveness Program wages on in Olympia, Washington Filmworks is rallying the film industry troops in support of SB 5539, the Senate bill that would renew the incentive program. SB 5539 made it through the Senate Ways and Means committee last week and has now been referred to the Rules Committee; Filmworks expects that it will pass through this new committee shortly and will be put to a full vote on the Senate floor as early as next week. In this crucial time, Filmworks is encouraging film professionals statewide to write their Senators and personally advocate for the bill by sharing how the incentive program benefits their lives and livelihoods. Follow the link above to find your representatives and to view some detailed tips on how you can format letters to your Senator.

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