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Los Angeles City Council moves to extend law waiving filming fees

August 29, 2014

By Dakota Smith, Daily News, Los Angeles



Aug. 29--Seeking to encourage film and television production in the city of Los Angeles, the City Council moved Friday to waive rental fees for shoots at some city facilities.

The council voted unanimously to waive fees for productions on city properties, with some exceptions, such as shoots at the Los Angeles Convention Center or zoo.

Already, the city waives fees for many city properties, but the law allowing the waivers expired on June 30, and Friday's action was intended to extend the ordinance. The new law must be written and return to the City Council for a final vote.

City Councilman Paul Krekorian, who introduced the motion, said in a statement that renewing the law shows the city's "commitment to creating jobs and keeping our signature industry in Los Angeles."

Productions, from student movies to blockbusters, regularly shoot around Los Angeles. The television show "Scandal" filmed on the marble rotunda at City Hall earlier this summer. The 2013 movie "Gangster Squad" was shot on the grounds outside the government building.

Under the rules, productions still have to pay for permits and required personnel. But the rental fee waivers are a sharp contrast to Los Angeles County, which charges up to $450 a day to shoot at some of its facilities.

"We applaud the City Council's actions," said Philip Sokoloski, spokesman at Film L.A., which issues film permits in L.A. County. "This will encourage filmmakers to come to Los Angeles."

City officials argue the law's benefits outweigh the monetary loss. The city has forfeited about $350,000 a year from waiving the fees, a spokeswoman for Mayor Eric Garcetti said Friday.

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