The California State Assembly’s Appropriations Committee voted aye yesterday to advancing AB 1696:

Existing law establishes the California Film Commission in the
Business, Transportation and Housing Agency and requires the
commission to work to encourage motion picture and television filming
in California, make recommendations to the Legislature, the
Governor, the agency, and other state agencies on legislative or
administrative actions that may be necessary or helpful to maintain
and improve the position of the state’s motion picture industry in
the national and world markets, and develop and oversee the
implementation of a Cooperative Motion Picture Marketing Plan.
This bill would create a financial assistance program, to be
administered by the California Film Commission, for the productions
of qualified motion pictures, as defined, in California, subject to
specified limitations. This bill would require the commission to
report to the Legislature, on or before June 1, 2009, and to annually
thereafter, on the diversity of the workforce employed by qualified
motion pictures.

Please note that the Legislative Analyst’s Office forecasts that the state’s budget will be awash in buckets of red ink — but the state legislature is busily mandating new forms of welfare for its members’ Hollywood friends.

If Hollywood can’t make money, California shouldn’t make up the shortfall.

A weekday matinee showing can now cost nine bucks! For a single ticket. That means, just to get in the door, a family of four would pay $36. Add in any sort of snacks, and the tab goes over a fifty and coasts towards seventy-five. How many summer movies can a family afford to attend at that price? How favorably does a theater showing compare to renting a DVD of the same movie in six months from Netflix, and popping their own corn? And they wouldn’t have to endure being ignored by the theater management over missing lamp shades and poor sound quality and scratched prints.

[cehwiedel also writes at cehwiedel.com.]

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