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How Do We Know Driverless Cars Are Safe? Google Says ‘Trust Us’

1 July 2014 4:19 PM, PDT | Digital Media Law | See recent Digital Media Law news »

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Driverless cars are on the road now – Google’s fleet has logged about 700,000 miles of autonomous driving – and the California Dmv will be issuing regulations in a matter of weeks allowing self-driving cars to be sold to the public, possibly setting the regulatory pattern for the rest of the country (video). Google has predicted 2017 for first commercial availability, while Nissan and Mercedes say it will be 2020. The cars are highly complex systems whose sheer quantity of software surely exceeds the hundred million lines of source code in today’s non-autonomous vehicles. They weigh thousands of pounds and hurtle down public roads – robots with human payloads. But how will we know they’re safe?Google’s answer at Dmv workshops in March 2014 and May 2013 was, essentially, “trust us” (video, video, video). The company’s representative, Ron Medford, said Google would “self-certify” the car’s roadworthiness and »

- noreply@blogger.com (Jonathan Handel)

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‘Teen Wolf’ Takes $11.5 Million as Top California Production Tax Credit

1 July 2014 7:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The fifth season of MTV’s “Teen Wolf” will receive $11.5 million in tax credits, the highest of the 26 new allocations from California’s Film and Television Tax Credit program for the 2014-15 fiscal year.

With $77.6 million, “Teen Wolf” and 11 other continuing series took the lion’s share of the $100 million in allocations.

“Teen Wolf,” which relocated from Georgia in 2012, will receive a credit for nearly 25% of its $46.3 million in qualified costs. Most projects receive 20% allocations, but TV series that filmed all previous episodes outside California are eligible for a 25% credit.

“Teen Wolf” topped a pair of Horizon series — “Rizzoli & Isles” with $8.9 million and “Pretty Little Liars” with $8.4 million — followed by  Warner Bros.’ “Major Crimes” with $7.9 million.

The California Film Commission, which administers the five-year-old program, disclosed the allocations Tuesday. It had made the initial lottery selections from 497 applications on June 2, but held off for a month in order to verify eligibility. »

- Dave McNary

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‘Teen Wolf’ Takes $11.5 Million as Top California Production Tax Credit

1 July 2014 7:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The fifth season of MTV’s “Teen Wolf” will receive $11.5 million in tax credits, the highest of the 26 new allocations from California’s Film and Television Tax Credit program for the 2014-15 fiscal year.

With $77.6 million, “Teen Wolf” and 11 other continuing series took the lion’s share of the $100 million in allocations.

“Teen Wolf,” which relocated from Georgia in 2012, will receive a credit for nearly 25% of its $46.3 million in qualified costs. Most projects receive 20% allocations, but TV series that filmed all previous episodes outside California are eligible for a 25% credit.

“Teen Wolf” topped a pair of Horizon series — “Rizzoli & Isles” with $8.9 million and “Pretty Little Liars” with $8.4 million — followed by  Warner Bros.’ “Major Crimes” with $7.9 million.

The California Film Commission, which administers the five-year-old program, disclosed the allocations Tuesday. It had made the initial lottery selections from 497 applications on June 2, but held off for a month in order to verify eligibility. »

- Dave McNary

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California's TV, Film Tax Credit Bill Clears First Senate Panel

25 June 2014 12:28 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Legislation to expand and extend California's TV and film tax credit incentives passed its first test in the state Senate on Wednesday, clearing the Governance and Finance Committee by a preliminary 4-0 vote. That number could go up as additional panel members add their votes, but it's enough to send the bill, AB1839, on to the Senate Appropriations Committee. It cleared the state Assembly last month, leaving Senate passage and Gov. Jerry Brown's approval as the final hurdles. The bill would extend the program through 2022 and expand the eligibility to include movies with budgets over $75 million and network TV. »

- Todd Cunningham

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Film & TV Tax Credit Bill Passes First State Senate Hearing

25 June 2014 10:38 AM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

It got a bit of a rockier ride than previous hearings but today legislation to expand California’s current $100 million Film and TV Tax Credit program was approved by the state Senate’s Governance and Finance Committee. In a 4-0 vote, the multi-sponsored Film and Television Job Creation and Retention Act now heads to the body’s Appropriation committee. If it passes there, the Act will go to the full Senate for a floor vote and soon after to Gov. Jerry Brown for a signature. Introduced in late February by Democrats Mike Gatto and Raul Bocanegra ad intended to halt the flood of production out of the […] »

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Veteran Publicist Fritz Friedman to Exit Sony Pictures After 34 Years

23 June 2014 3:07 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Veteran publicist Fritz Friedman is leaving Sony Pictures at the end of summer, the studio confirmed Monday, after more than 34 years of leading publicity efforts for home entertainment and, more recently, acquisitions.

Friedman will focus on other endeavors, including serving as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communications and Journalism, according to people familiar with the situation.

Friedman also was recently appointed by California Gov. Jerry Brown to a three-year term on the Cal Humanities Board, which is charged with promoting the humanities in California to help create “a state of open mind.”

According to Sony Pictures company spokesman, “Fritz Friedman, who for more than 34 years has driven Sony Pictures Home Entertainment’s publicity and corporate communications campaigns, has chosen to step down as Svp of Worldwide Publicity, effective August 31, 2014. Fritz made countless contributions to Sphe and Spe by crafting the publicity »

- Thomas K. Arnold

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Danny Glover Leads Sf Rally to Support Sweetened Production Tax Credits in California

14 June 2014 1:08 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Highlighted by a keynote address from Danny Glover, supporters of a sweetened incentive program for movies and TV shot in California attracted more than 500 attendees to an enthusiastic Saturday morning rally in San Francisco.

The two-hour event at the Fairmont Hotel was organized to demonstrate that Assembly Bill 1839 has strong backing outside the industry’s Hollywood core. Glover, who has a residence in San Francisco, said he had not worked in the San Francisco area since he shot a pilot based on a Walter Mosley story in 2003.

Danny Glover after the FilmItNorCal rally – 'I flew in from Vancouver this morning … This means a lot to me' http://t.co/Byy9bil7WH—

Dave McNary (@Variety_DMcNary) June 14, 2014

Glover has been in British Columbia working on Paramount’s live-action/animated hybrid “Monster Trucks.” He said that the loss of shoots in California to states with more lucrative programs such as Georgia »

- Dave McNary

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E3: Add Video Game Companies To CA Tax Incentives? Maybe, Says Mayor

10 June 2014 1:26 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Welcoming the giant E3 video game conference back to Los Angeles today, Mayor Eric Garcetti said it may make sense to include the booming game industry in production incentives designed to get and keep film and television production in the state. “There’s a collision of content in Los Angeles,” said Garcetti, who has been heavily involved trying to persuade state officials to enhance the California incentive program to keep more entertainment production. “The line between video games software and film/TV is blurring. They all have stories, they all use (similar production tools and processes) in the same way. L.A. is poised to take off. But it’s why we need those tax incentives in place.” Gov. Jerry Brown and others have opposed an expansion of the current $100 million California system, despite aggressive efforts by some other states and countries to lure away film and TV work with substantial tax breaks. »

- DAVID BLOOM

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California's TV, Film Tax Credit Bill Passes Full Assembly

28 May 2014 1:35 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

California's TV and movie tax credit bill cleared the full state Assembly by a 71-0 vote on Wednesday, leaving Senate passage and Gov. Jerry Brown's approval as the final hurdles. The bill, AB1839, would extend the program through 2022 and expand the eligibility to include movies with budgets over $75 million and network TV dramas. No dollar figure has been attached to the bill, but it's almost certain to be significantly higher than the current program, which is capped at $100 million annually. That's well below the credits offered by several states, such as New York, which makes more than »

- Todd Cunningham

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Assembly Committee Greenlights Expansion of California’s Film and TV Tax Credit

13 May 2014 5:49 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Legislation to expand California’s incentives for movie and TV production cleared the Assembly’s Revenue and Taxation Committee on Tuesday, as lawmakers try to respond to the flight of production to other states with a sweeter offering of tax credits.

There had been few doubts that the legislation, Ab 1839, would make it out of the Revenue and Taxation Committee, whose chairman is Assemblyman Raul Bocanegra, who co-authored the bill along with fellow Democratic Assemblyman Mike Gatto. The vote was 8-0.

The legislation would expand the incentive program to cover  feature films with budgets over $75 million as well as new TV drama series, addressing the loss of such productions to other states. The legislation also has a special 5% credit for music scoring and editing, and Gatto said that they were working on additional provisions for post-production, as well as visual effects.

But Bocanegra and Gatto have yet to specify how »

- Ted Johnson

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Proposed New Film & TV Tax Credit Bill Takes Second Step Forward In Sacramento

13 May 2014 4:13 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

As expected, the bid to expand California’s current $100 million Film and TV Tax Credit program passed its second legislative test in Sacramento today. The state Assembly Revenue and Taxation Committee voted 8-0 to move forward the multi-sponsored Film and Television Job Creation and Retention Act. The support comes as no surprise as the Committee is chaired by proposed legislation’s joint author Raul Bocanegra (D-Pacoima). Ab 1839 now heads to the Appropriations Committee, which is chaired by its other joint author, Assemblymen Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles). “At least 37 other states and jurisdictions have introduce incentive programs to take the entertainment industry out of our own state of California,” said Gatto in committee testimony today. “I hope that Bill Adf 1839 will combat the national and international competition for production,” he added. “My joint author and I set out at the beginning to make the film tax credit not only larger and »

- DOMINIC PATTEN

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California Gov. Jerry Brown Still Mum On Film & TV Tax Credit Support

13 May 2014 12:52 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Gov. Jerry Brown today still wouldn’t commit to supporting an expansion of California’s $100M Film & TV Tax Credit program. “Certainly my office will engage in a lot of conversations on many issues like the movie tax credit,” he said today during a press conference in La after he announced a revised proposed state budget that included a rainy-day fund, debt reduction, an increase in health care coverage and safeguarding teacher’s pensions. However, Brown’s revised budget didn’t have any increase to the state’s current $100 million Film and TV Tax Credit program. “There’s a lot of things to talk about and certainly the topic you mentioned will be right there,” Brown said in response to a pair of Deadline’s questions, naming off several other state-funded programs outlined in his $156.2 billion budget. ”My job is to present a balanced budget dealing with the core services. »

- DOMINIC PATTEN

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San Francisco Set for June 14 Rally for Sweetened State Film-tv Credits

30 April 2014 1:04 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Entertainment industry supporters of improving California’s film-tv tax credit are planning a June 14 rally at San Francisco’s Fairmont Hotel.

The campaign is aimed at pressuring state legislators to sweeten the current program, which is capped at $100 million a year and 20% of production costs — smaller than rival incentive programs in Georgia, Louisiana and New York.

Organizers, including San Francisco film commissioner Susannah Robbins, have indicated that a key component of the campaign will be to show that improving the program has strong support outside Los Angeles. San Francisco has served as the setting for recent films such as “Rise of Planet of the Apes,” “Godzilla” and “San Andreas,” for which only a few days were shot in San Francisco while most of the production took place outside California.

A March rally by show business vendors in the San Fernando Valley drew more than 600 attendees, and a February event organized »

- Dave McNary

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Gov. Brown Getting the Message on California's Film, TV Tax Credit Troubles

24 April 2014 1:08 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

California Gov. Jerry Brown has yet to declare where he stands on new legislation that would extend and expand the state's TV and film production incentives, but he sent an encouraging signal Thursday. Kish Rajan, director of the Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development, was the featured speaker at the ninth California Film Commission Locations Breakfast. “The governor will make the final decision, but I know that he understands the toll taken in jobs and on our economy,” Rajan said in brief remarks to the roughly 300 assembled location managers, film officials, studio and network executives, union leaders and small business. »

- Todd Cunningham

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Producer: ‘Midnight Rider’ Fatality Probably Would Not Have Occurred in California

24 April 2014 12:21 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

A prominent producer has asserted the Feb. 20 death of Sarah Jones on the “Midnight Rider” production in Georgia would probably not have occurred had the movie been shot in California.

“If it had been shot here, there would not have been the same kind of risks that were taken,” said Richard Wright of Lakeshore Entertainment during a discussion Thursday at the California Film Commission’s annual breakfast at the W Hotel. About 300 entertainment industry execs and employees attended.

Wright, Lakeshore’s head of production, was discussing the Los Angeles shoot of Lakeshore’s Elizabeth Banks comedy “Walk of Shame.” Ralph Meyer, who served as location manger on “Walk of Shame,” told the audience that producers and assistant directors in California are usually highly attentive to safety concerns.

Meyer also noted it’s never a surprise, however, when there’s pressure to cut corners on safety. “Sometimes people are going to »

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Paramount Exec Urges Supporters to Sign California Petition to Increase Tax Credits

3 April 2014 2:16 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Hollywood studios are ratcheting up their campaign to convince California lawmakers to expand tax incentives for film and television productions that shoot in the Golden State. On Thursday, Paramount President of Physical Production, Lee Rosenthal, sent a petition to friends and colleagues asking them to urge Gov. Jerry Brown and legislators in Sacramento to support a bill that would expand current benefits to include films with budgets of up to $100 million, as well broadcast television productions. Supporters of the legislation argue that broader incentives are a critical step towards stopping production from leaving California for states that offer heftier incentive. »

- Brent Lang

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New Film & TV Tax Credit Bill Unanimously Passes First Hurdle In Sacramento

25 March 2014 11:19 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

A new bill intended to expand and overhaul California’s current $100 million Film and TV Tax Credit program passed its first legislative test today as the state Assembly’s Arts, Entertainment, Sports, Tourism, And Internet Media committee voted unanimously in support of the measure. Introduced on February 19, the California Film and Television Job and Promotion Act now moves to the Revenue and Taxation Committee and then the Appropriations committee as it heads its way to a full vote, a state Senate twin and eventually Gov. Jerry Brown‘s desk by the end of the summer. A long political route that Ab 1839’s backers think will prove successful. “We’ve worked very hard to make this bigger, smarter and more thoughtful than the existing tax credit,” said co-author Assemblymen Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles) today at beginning of hearing in the state capitol building in Sacramento. “This measure comes down to one »

- DOMINIC PATTEN

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Deadline’s Best TV Stories Of The Week

9 March 2014 5:00 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Pilot Locations 2014: New York Production Rises, Los Angeles Plummets, Texas Hot By Nellie Andreeva – While California Gov. Jerry Brown is still “not committed” to expanding the state’s film and TV tax credit, Los Angeles is seeing another drop in broadcast pilot production to what appears to be an all-time low. New York, which also lured The Tonight Show franchise away from Los Angeles, returns this year as the most popular drama location and reinforcing its strong position in comedy. Dish And Disney Finalize Output Deal That Ends Their Ad-Hopper Dispute By David Lieberman – The companies have officially announced a “wide-ranging” deal, which “will result in dismissal of all pending litigation between the two companies, including disputes over PrimeTime Anytime and AutoHop.” The agreement calls for Dish to disable AutoHop functionality for ABC content within the C3 ratings window. The pact also for the first time allows Dish customers »

- THE DEADLINE TEAM

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Harvey Weinstein to California: Expand Production Tax Incentives, ‘Please’

8 March 2014 2:00 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Harvey Weinstein, appearing at the UCLA Entertainment Symposium in interview with Ken Ziffren, Los Angeles’ newly appointed film czar, called for California to expand its production tax incentives.

“There’s no reason for us not to shoot here, except when you do the numbers here and when you do the numbers in New Orleans, it is much more attractive financially,” Weinstein said in the Q&A on Saturday.

He cited the example of “Southpaw,” directed by Antoine Fuqua and starring Jake Gyllenhaal, as project that could have shot in Los Angeles were it not for the generous tax incentives in the Big Easy.

But Weinstein said that Los Angeles and California “doesn’t even have to give the same discount” to remain competitive, noting the cost and hassle of having to locate actors and other talent in New Orleans is an added expense despite their generous tax incentives.

“Please, whatever »

- Ted Johnson

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Ex-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger -- Sued By Prison Inmates -- You Poisoned Us With Valley Fever

7 March 2014 12:20 AM, PST | TMZ | See recent TMZ news »

Arnold Schwarzenegger is still being haunted by his political past ... the ex-Gov. is being sued by inmates who accuse him of sentencing them to a fate worse than prison -- a cruel, disfiguring and crippling disease.According to the lawsuit filed by 22 current and former inmates ... Schwarzenegger and other officials knowingly kept them in a Central Cali prison where they claim Valley Fever killed 30 inmates, and left many more with horrible symptoms.Valley Fever attacks »

- TMZ Staff

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