California Film and Television Production Credits Mean More Work for Union Members

DGA Initiatives Production Incentives

June 4, 2012

LOS ANGELES (June 4, 2012) — A coalition of entertainment unions and guilds believe that the latest round of productions selected to receive the California Film and Television Production Credits  underscore the ongoing importance of the program.  Based on information provided by these projects it is estimated that they will spend more than $683 million in California, including nearly $265 million in wages, and will employ an estimated 5,700 cast and crew members. 

This marks the fourth year of the state incentive which aims to keep productions filming in California, in turn employing union members in the state. Arguably, this has been the largest and most competitive year for projects in consideration for the incentive with The California Film Commission receiving a record 322 applications; nearly double the applicants from 2011.

We welcome the jobs that will be created by this year’s allocation.  The California production incentive ensures that our members can continue to work in California’s heritage entertainment industry-entertainment and that our industry can continue as an integral part of our state’s economy as it has been for almost 100 years.  The numbers released today by the California Film Commission  represent real people, members of our Guilds and unions, who will benefit from employment on these productions.  We applaud the fact that all that is made possible because of the California Film and Television Tax Credit Program.

Coalition Members:
  • Directors Guild of America
  • IATSE Local 44 – Affiliated Property Craftpersons
  • IATSE Local 80 – Motion Picture Studio Grips/ Crafts Service
  • IATSE Local 600 – International Cinematographers Guild
  • IATSE Local 695 – Sound Technicians, Television Engineers, Video Assist Technicians, and Studio Projectionists
  • IATSE Local 700 – Motion Picture Editors Guild
  • IATSE Local 705 – Motion Picture Costumers
  • IATSE Local 706 – Make Up Artists & Hair Stylists Guild
  • IATSE Local 728 – Motion Picture Studio Electrical Lighting Technicians
  • IATSE Local 729 – Motion Picture Set Painters and Sign Writers
  • IATSE Local 767 – Motion Picture Studio First Aid Employees
  • IATSE Local 800 – Art Directors Guild and Scenic, Title, and Graphic Artists
  • IATSE Local 871 – Script Supervisors/Continuity, Accountants and Allied Production Specialists Guild
  • IATSE Local 884 – Motion Picture Studio Teachers and Welfare Workers
  • IATSE Local 892 – Costume Designers Guild
  • International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Local 399
  • Professional Musicians – Local 47
  • Recording Musicians Association
  • SAG-AFTRA – Screen Actors Guild – American Federation of Television and Radio Artists
Contact
Lily Bedrossian -
Executive in Charge of Communications
(310) 289-5334
lbedrossian@dga.org