FOCUS has a packed programme of talks, panels and networking sessions with producers in advertising, film and TV. The 2019 event has more sessions spotlighting post-production than ever before.
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The Australian state has confirmed that up to USD10 million a year will continue to be invested through its Made in NSW fund to attract big budget features and TV shows.
Washington’s production incentive programme, which currently offers up to 30% in cash back on eligible expenditures incurred whilst filming, is set to expire this year. Discussions are now taking place over how to proceed with the incentive, regarding possible expansion or even retiring the programme entirely.
Section 181, a tax incentive on production employed at the federal level of the United States, has now been dismantled. The incentive stimulated domestic production by allowing filmmaking to be 100% tax deductible, a preventative measure against American productions being filmed abroad.
Pentland Studio, a proposed filming facility in Scotland has suffered a setback after the Midlothian Council, responsible for the desired land in Crieff, has been unable to reach an agreement on planning permission. Estimated to cost GBP230 million, the new 10,000 acre studio would be the first of its kind in Scotland, which currently lacks official sound stages.
A new commercial for LU biscuits features a number of Parisian landmarks including the Eiffel Tower and the Arc de Triomphe. Serviced by Nicocorp, the spot was largely filmed at two locations: a bakery in the fourteenth district of Paris and a local apartment which was used to double for one in China.
The Incentive Evaluation Commission has filed a report, advising lawmakers to allow Oklahoma’s film incentive to sunset in 2024. While the report itself isn’t legally binding, it could influence lawmakers to cease funding for the incentive when the sunset date arrives.
Aleksandra Bosnjak may be new to the producing scene, having just established her very own production company (Adriatica Films) in October, but she has her sights set high particularly with regards to the cinematic potential of Montenegro.
The BBC’s Death in Paradise will return this Thursday but with a new setting, foregoing the landscapes of Guadeloupe for London in a new two-part series premiere. During production, filming took place at the Bleeding Heart Bistro in Camden and on Aquinas Street in Lambeth.
Based on the short-lived political career of Hunter S. Thompson, Bobby Kennedy III’s directorial debut Freak Power has received a rebate of USD300,000 to shoot in Colorado. The production will be scouting a number of local towns to double for 1970s Aspen, such as Silverton, Durango, Leadville and Gunnison.