City Council to explore filming in Los Angeles

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(Photo credit: FilmLA)

(Photo credit: FilmLA)

LOS ANGELES (CNS) –  A City Council committee today moved to explore ways filming in Los Angeles could be made easier, advancing recommendations that include issuing city permits quicker, protecting film crews from extortion attempts and teaming up with the local film office to track on-location shoots.

The full City Council is expected to take up suggestions made today by the Ad Hoc on Film and TV Production Jobs Committee, which heard from the film industry and city officials on how the city could better serve the needs of film and television productions.

The discussion today comes as Mayor Eric Garcetti and other city leaders press state lawmakers to offer more incentives to the film industries to keep productions within California and prevent other states and nations from leeching those projects away.

Among the recommendations approved today is to set up a system for soliciting the film industry’s feedback.
The committee also wanted to look at addressing a shortage of city employees needed to process permits quickly, do a better and faster job of posting up location film shoot signs, and take other steps to improve how the city works with filmmakers.

The police department would also be asked respond rapidly to protect film crews from those looking to extort money from productions shooting on- location.

The committee said the city should also try to get access to the computer systems of FilmL.A., a local film office that process film permits, in order to better track where location shoots are happening, what permits are being issued and the city staff involved.

If the committee’s suggestions are approved, the recreation and parks, transportation, water and power, information technology, police and the library departments would be asked to report back on strategies to work better with the film industry.

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