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City Crafts Policy to Ease Food Filming Restrictions

It won’t likely revolutionize Hollywood, nor will it heavily impact filming in Southern California. But a piece of legislation the Los Angeles City Council approved Wednesday does aim to lift an important hurdle to ease on-location filming throughout the city.

The motion – included in a tripartite package of film industry reforms the council will eventually consider – is another step in the right direction to ensure the continued growth of a business that fuels the Southern Californian economy, said Councilmember Paul Krekorian, who pushed for, wrote and is aiming to pass the motions.

Councilmember Krekorian, flanked by a trio of location managers he honored in front of the L.A. City Council on Jan. 14, 2011 | CD2

The first of the three – approved unanimously Wednesday – calls for a review of existing food service contracts to determine how food service costs for film productions can be lowered at city facilities.

“On-location food service is an important sector of the film industry,” Krekorian said. “But the costs for these food services can rise dramatically when a city contractor is involved, spiking a production companies’ bottom line from hundreds of dollars a day to thousands.

“We need to evaluate our contractual policies to determine how we can best ensure that a simple thing like providing soda and fruit doesn’t drive film and television production jobs out of our city, state or country.”

In his motion, Krekorian calls for new policies and contractual guidelines of future food service contracts when productions film at city facilities, like parks, such as the Griffith Observatory, the zoo and other locations.

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January 26, 2011 Posted by | council motion, Filming | 1 Comment


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