Keeping Our Movie Industry In California - FOX 35 News Orlando

Point of View

Keeping Our Movie Industry In California

Posted: Updated:

Los Angeles has traditionally been considered the epicenter of the movie industry. After all, the majority of movies were made here. That is -- I emphasize -- "were" made here. Now runaway production is out of control.

I'd like to hear your Point of View. Send me an email at POV@fox11.com.

In 1997, the lion's share of U-S blockbuster movies were shot in California. That's not the case anymore. Of the twenty-six top budgeted films for 2012-2013 -- only one was shot in our state. And it's not looking good for the future. Movie production is leaving because other states have a substantially better business climate than California. Rather than make "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" in California, director Marc Webb chose New York. At the premiere he commented how New York is simply "a great place to make a movie." The State of Georgia had no trouble landing The Hunger Games 1 and 2, plus the upcoming Hunger Games 3. California was not even in the running. It's the Texas example all over again.

For the California Legislature and for you Governor Brown, I have some ideas:

  • Raise production tax credits from $100 million to at least $400 million, to be on a more level playing field with states like North Carolina, Georgia and New York. According to Governor Cuomo, New York's film incentive program is a smart investment that attracts "businesses, creates jobs and generates economic activity." We now have an income tax surplus. This would be a productive way to use some of it.
  • Raise the movie budget cap substantially. Right now only pictures costing under $75-million to produce, qualify for tax breaks. No wonder tent pole movies are fleeing.
  • Eliminate having to win a lottery to even qualify for production tax credits. Movie companies are saying forget California. Tax breaks should not be based on luck.

Governor Brown - take these suggestions to heart. Get the state legislature moving in the right direction. Make keeping our movie industry in California -- a top priority.

Thanks for listening.

What do you think? We want to hear from you about this P.O.V. segment. Share your thoughts in the comments section below or email me directly at POV@fox11.com.

Kevin T. Hale,
Vice President and General Manager
KTTV-TV, FOX 11 News

The views expressed are not necessarily those of the station or its employees.

  • FeaturesMore>>

  • Midday Sunday

    LA City Council Member Tom LaBonge

    LA City Council Member Tom LaBonge

    Sunday, August 31 2014 12:00 PM EDT2014-08-31 16:00:21 GMT
    Today's guest is Tom LaBonge, the Los Angeles City Council member representing Council District 4.  Mr. LaBonge is a native Angeleno, born and raised in the Silver Lake District. 
    Today's guest is Tom LaBonge, the Los Angeles City Council member representing Council District 4.  Mr. LaBonge is a native Angeleno, born and raised in the Silver Lake District. 
  • Wednesday's Child

    Julissa Strives For The Award Of A Loving Family

    Julissa Strives For The Award Of A Loving Family

    Thursday, August 28 2014 2:06 PM EDT2014-08-28 18:06:45 GMT
    Just days before this week's Emmy awards show, this week's Wednesday's Child Julissa (1998) got a chance to shine as she walked the red carpet at the Doris Bergman Pre-Emmy Gifting Event.
    Just days before this week's Emmy awards show, this week's Wednesday's Child Julissa (1998) got a chance to shine as she walked the red carpet at the Doris Bergman Pre-Emmy Gifting Event.
  • Midday Sunday with Tony Valdez

    Lisa See: China Dolls

    Lisa See: China Dolls

    Sunday, August 24 2014 12:00 PM EDT2014-08-24 16:00:21 GMT
    Lisa See's new book 'China Dolls' continues her tradition of writing novels that are a touchstone for the Chinese-American experience. The Los Angeles author's ninth book focuses on the experiences of three young Asian women working in San Francisco night club called The Forbidden City before the beginning of World War II.
    Lisa See's new book 'China Dolls' continues her tradition of writing novels that are a touchstone for the Chinese-American experience. The Los Angeles author's ninth book focuses on the experiences of three young Asian women working in San Francisco night club called The Forbidden City before the beginning of World War II.
  • FOX 11 News Editorial VideoPoint Of ViewMore>>

  • Point of View

    California Has Highest Gas Tax In The Nation

    California Has Highest Gas Tax In The Nation

    Friday, August 8 2014 7:31 PM EDT2014-08-08 23:31:51 GMT
    California motorists are burdened with the highest gas tax in the nation: 71 cents for every gallon of gas purchased. If that was not enough, along comes AB-32 that mandates that vehicle fuel production will be, in effect, taxed beginning in 2015.
    California motorists are burdened with the highest gas tax in the nation: 71 cents for every gallon of gas purchased. If that was not enough, along comes AB-32 that mandates that vehicle fuel production will be, in effect, taxed beginning in 2015.

  • Point of View

    Teacher Tenure Statutes

    Teacher Tenure Statutes

    Sunday, July 13 2014 5:02 PM EDT2014-07-13 21:02:19 GMT
    Recently, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Rolf M. Treu ruled that teacher tenure statutes -- violate the California state constitution. In the landmark case "Vergara v. California," Judge Treu held that tenure makes it almost impossible to fire incompetent teachers.
    Recently, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Rolf M. Treu ruled that teacher tenure statutes -- violate the California state constitution. In the landmark case "Vergara v. California," Judge Treu held that tenure makes it almost impossible to fire incompetent teachers.

  • Point of View

    Keeping Our Movie Industry In California

    Keeping Our Movie Industry In California

    Friday, June 6 2014 2:13 PM EDT2014-06-06 18:13:38 GMT
    Runaway movie production is out of control. KTTV Vice President and General Manager Kevin Hale looks at what needs to be done bring the movie industry back to Los Angeles, in this POV.

    Runaway movie production is out of control. KTTV Vice President and General Manager Kevin Hale looks at what needs to be done bring the movie industry back to Los Angeles, in this POV.


Powered by WorldNow

35 Skyline Drive
Lake Mary, FL 32746

Phone: (407) 644-3535
News Tips: (866) 55-FOX35

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices