The Thailand Film Office reassuring productions that Bangkok and the wider country is still open for business as a filming location, despite the historic floods. There’s still open access to the capital and authorities want to make sure that productions planning a 2012 shoot don’t look elsewhere.
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The long-term prospects for Michigan’s film industry are very much up in the air. Right now the state’s hosting Sam Raimi’s big-budget Oz: The Great and Powerful, but its annual film fund has been slashed and the film office is no longer accepting incentive applications for 2011-12.
Advertising spending in China’s domestic industry is expected to grow by 15% in 2011 and 17% in 2012, according to a new report from Shanghai-based communications organisation Group M.
California’s screen industries have managed to have the state’s filming incentive extended for a year, according to the LA Times. As in many states throughout the US, especially where conservative Governors swept to power in the 2010 elections, the California incentive is unpopular in some circles.
Cannes Lions 2012 will be happening on the usual dates of 17th to 23rd June, and not two weeks earlier as had been previously announced by the festival organisers. The festival was being planned earlier to enable the city of Cannes to carry out improvement work on the Palais des Festivals, but this has now been postponed.
Animation and live-action blend in Coca-Cola’s new ad for the Euro 2012 football finals in Poland and Ukraine. Cartoon characters cheer around Warsaw and Kiev. Two endings were filmed so that Polish audiences see the final crowd scene in Warsaw and it’ll be Kiev for the Ukrainians.
No fewer than eight new TV shows will be filmed in New York State throughout the 2011-12 season. The state’s expanded and revised production incentives have been credited with attracting 70 different projects so far this year, with a mix of location and studio work likely.
Hawaii’s filming incentives will stay at 15% for at least the rest of 2011 after a proposal to expand the scheme stalled in State Legislature. Supporters were calling for an incentive increase to 40% on some of the islands.
The Production Guild of Great Britain appoints Michael Beavan as Director of Partnerships and Projects
The Production Guild of Great Britain (PGGB) has appointed Michael Beavan as its new Director of Partnerships & Projects. The new role is part of the expansion of the PGGB.
Prior to the shortlist announcement due Tuesday, June 15 and following the UK judging session, the Gerety Awards, the only creative prize to reward the best in advertising from the female vision, announces that MRM London is UK agency of the year.