Portland, Oregon Reports Jobs Boost

by Jessica Garcia 09/21/2011 14:54 (UTC-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)

Portland, Oregon is earning a reputation for more than its roses these days. The Mayor of Portland, Sam Adams, has published a letter to local residents announcing the local economic boost taking effect in the city thanks to film and television production. Television shows like the new Portlandia, TNT’s Leverage, NBC’s upcoming Grimm and Lakeshore Entertainment’s feature film Gone, are all filming in Portland, and in the process, they’re creating hundreds of jobs and millions of dollars in economic activity.

“Besides the fact that it’s pretty cool to see our streetscapes on the big screen, there’s another reason why we have a substantial interest in the film and video industry: jobs,” says Mayor Sam Adams. And rightly so. Leverage employs 450 Portland-area workers each season. Grimm is expected to surpass that 450 mark. Portlandia reports that over 90% of its crew consists of local hires. And Gone has employed 210 locals for over 70,000 hours of work.

In addition to creating jobs, productions are also actively feeding money back into the local economy. Mayor Adams reported that between 2007 and 2010, Oregon-based film and television projects have had a direct and indirect impact of $350 million dollars in the state. In 2009, the Portland metropolitan region alone saw $52 million in direct spending through local film productions, totaling a $102 million economic impact for the year. This year continues the upward trend; 2011 is projected to have a $542 million economic impact in Oregon.

As Mayor Adams says, “When the film industry in Portland is busy, Portland is busy.” These figures represent a huge economic gain for the state of Oregon, the city of Portland and the hundreds of local residents employed by local productions. The hundreds of people that work on each production and rely on the motion picture and television industry are proud of their work, and so are we. Together, we make a great partnership for Oregon.

Salute to Costume Designers

by Jessica Garcia 08/26/2011 15:26 (UTC-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)

Think about Alice in Wonderland, Harry Potter and Iron Man. What do all of these films have in common? Great costumes, of course! The wardrobes in these films all created a unique personality, atmosphere, and setting. Costumes, and especially those who make them, deserve special recognition for enhancing our movie-watching experience. 

In its new “Give Credit” campaign, Creative America is celebrating the many unique professions that make up our entertainment community week by week. This week, they’re highlighting costume designers, the inventors and creators of the stylish, beautiful, whimsical, and pitch-perfect clothes we’ve seen in our favorite movies, television shows, and theatrical productions. We’re happy to join Creative America in saluting the hardworking costume designers of our entertainment industry.

Meet Janie Bryant, costume designer for award-winning television series, Mad Men. Learn about her job, how she started in the business and why she loves it. She is one of thousands of designers dependent on film and television production to make a living.  One important way we can support her hard work is to help protect her job by standing up against content theft, which drains wages and benefits for the many people behind the scenes of great movies and TV shows.

As we learned from legendary award-winning designer Edith Head, fashion is an intricate layer of every character, always carefully designed to be seamlessly woven into every plotline. Like Edith before her, Janie is setting trends in fashion today.  We need Janie Bryant and others like her to follow in Edith’s footsteps by continuing to create timeless costumes for our films and television programs. After all, what would Scarlett be without her curtain-rod dress or Dorothy without her ruby red slippers? The Joker without his colorful suits or Indiana Jones without his brown fedora hat?

Check out CreativeAmerica on Twitter and Facebook to #GiveCredit and share your favorite costumes of all time!

 

Content Theft and the People Who Make the Movies

by Jessica Garcia 08/25/2011 11:57 (UTC-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)

Imagine going to work for a full day but only receiving half a paycheck. That hardly seems fair, right? You put in the hours, you did your job – you deserve to receive your full paycheck. 

But for many people who work in motion pictures, the rampant theft of films, TV shows, and other creative content online means it doesn’t always work that way. 

Take 127 Hours, for example.  This film, an Academy Award nominee for Best Motion Picture of the Year and numerous other honors, was seen at least 9.4 million times at the box office around the world based on data from Rentrak Corporation and Box Office Mojo. But in 2011 alone, 127 Hours has been downloaded illegally 6.6 million times through BitTorrent and other key P2P applications, according to Peer Media Technologies.

The TV show Game of Thrones is another powerful example.  Game of Thrones was watched by 3.9 million people in the U.S. during its finale in June according to Nielsen Media Research – but illegally downloaded using BitTorrent and other P2P protocols 1.4 million times in the U.S. and 11 million times worldwide in 2011, Peer Media says.

Creating a film or television series requires a lot of time, money and labor. No creative work could reach completion without the collaboration of many people – including some you may not expect.  Truck drivers, caterers, dry cleaners, make-up artists, accountants, and so many more can all be part of keeping a production running effectively and making a great movie.

The film and television industry supports over 2 million American jobs, all dependent on movie and TV making, in ways big and small, to earn a living and support their families.  And often, most of the money that goes into paying those workers and helping them save for retirement comes not from the box office, but from what’s called the after market – sales of movies and TV shows online, on DVD, in syndication, and so on. 

So when someone downloads or streams a movie on an unauthorized site that pays nothing to the people who made the movie, instead of through a legitimate source, that means workers and their families end up with less. 

If the people who viewed 127 Hours or Game of Thrones by downloading illegally had watched in legitimate ways instead, just imagine what a difference that might have made.

When you think about content theft, consider this: every time you buy a theater ticket or DVD, or watch filmed entertainment from a legitimate, authorized source, you are helping to support more than 2 million workers involved in our industry.

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Hollywood Buzz in Cleveland, Ohio

by Jessica Garcia 08/24/2011 11:28 (UTC-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)

Northeast Ohio has been seeing a lot of action lately – filming action, that is. The cast and crew of  Paramount’s The Avengers and Summit Entertainment’s I, Alex Cross  have taken up residence in Cleveland, Ohio  this month, bringing with them  an influx of new business, sightseers, and excitement to the area.

Local television news channels WKYC-TV Channel 3 News and WEWS-TV NewsChannel5 recently aired segments highlighting local reactions to the two productions. Overall, the films have received a warm reception from residents, and with good reason.

The productions have brought 300 cast and crew jobs to the city and sent out casting calls for over 3,000 extras. Local restaurants, bars, hotels and stores are also experiencing a boost in business from the cast and crew members and eager sightseers seeking a glimpse of the Hollywood action. 

Bystanders and business owners alike agree that the film tax credits given by the State of Ohio to attract these two productions are evidently great investments. Locals are enjoying the lively and action-packed downtown areas and business owners are benefiting from increased revenues.

“The film crews have been in almost every night,” Kaitlin Cassidy, Manager of Harry Buffalo Restaurant, told WKCY-TV.  “The movie itself has drawn people that want to come look and see what’s going on downtown.”

A total of seven major productions are set to film in Northeast Ohio this year, granting local residents plenty of opportunities to experience Hollywood close to home. The Greater Cleveland Commission says local filming will contribute an additional $90 million to Northeast Ohio’s economy this year alone. Now that’s buzz worthy. 

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Leading Legal Firms to Help Copyright Alliance

by Jessica Garcia 08/09/2011 14:19 (UTC-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)

Today the Copyright Alliance announced the formation of a new Legal Advisory Board to advance the work of the Alliance through a closer collaboration between the firms representing the Alliance’s institutional members and other copyright owners. With 14 founding members, the Board will support various new and ongoing initiatives including strengthening copyright strategy, the development of educational programs, expanding contacts with law schools and young lawyers, and legal research and writing about content theft and copyright.

Sandra Aistars, Executive Director of the Copyright Alliance, noted the importance of the partnership:

“This Board will be invaluable to the Copyright Alliance and its members. The Alliance has actively developed grassroots, public and educational programs. Closer engagement with colleagues and thought leaders in the legal community will bring an important new perspective and talent pool to the Alliance, and allow us to serve the needs of the creative community better. I am particularly pleased that these firms are helping launch this initiative. They have been a trusted source of legal guidance for many in the copyright world for years and we value their expertise.”

The establishment of the Legal Advisory Board is a step forward in efforts to protect artists and creators from copyright theft. Copyright protection is a complex and rapidly evolving sphere, and it will make an enormous difference for artists and creators to have the country’s brightest legal minds on their sides as they, and we, work to protect their creations. We welcome these experts’ willingness to contribute their knowledge to our endeavors to strengthen copyright protection for the millions of Americans in the creative community.

View the Copyright Alliance’s announcement here.

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Meet the Artists Impacted by Content Theft

by Jessica Garcia 08/08/2011 14:51 (UTC-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)

Kristina Betts is watching her earnings dry up.  Guy Forseth worked hard to write and produce songs only to see them stolen on a massive scale. 

“If you go out to your car and your window is busted, you look inside and it’s like, ‘Oh they grabbed my wallet, they grabbed my stereo out of the dash,’ it’s that same feeling that someone has reached in and taken something away from you, something that you worked hard to earn, in my case, something that I wrote and paid to record,” he said.

Kristina and Guy are just a few of the working men and women in America’s creative community whose lives – and livelihoods – are affected by internet content theft.

In this video, which comes to us courtesy of The Coalition Against Counterfeiting and Piracy at www.FightOnlineTheft.com, four artists share stories of their experiences with online theft.

“If internet piracy caused me to lose my contract because I didn’t sell enough books, then I would have a really hard time picking up another publisher,” said Tracy Deebs, published author. “This is my job, this is how I make my income, this is how I support my family.” 

For more information on the rogue websites that steal work like Kristina’s and Jeff’s and Tracy’s, and what you can do to stop them, visit us at www.mpaa.org/contentprotection/roguewebsites.org.

View here: http://www.youtube.com/user/FightOnlineTheft#p/u/0/ZjDomSOvys8 

PROTECT IP Support Strengthens

by Jessica Garcia 08/04/2011 06:20 (UTC-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)

We’re excited to see U.S. Senators Michael Bennet (D-CO), Benjamin Cardin (D-MD) and John McCain (R-AZ) become the latest Senators to add their names to the PROTECT IP Act, legislation that will help protect the jobs and livelihoods of over 2 million Americans whose jobs are supported by the film and television industry.

The motion picture and television industry is responsible for over 30,000 jobs in Colorado, 17,000 jobs in Maryland and 22,000 jobs in Arizona. Foreign rogue websites pose a threat to each one of these jobs by profiting from the sale of stolen content and draining our economy of billions of dollars annually. The PROTECT IP Act will help to deter, prevent and root out websites that harm thousands of honest workers.

The sponsor list for PROTECT IP continues to grow as the need to protect the jobs supported by creative industries becomes more apparent. We are now 28 Senators strong.

For more information about the PROTECT IP Act, visit our rogue websites page.

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Content Theft: The Clock is Ticking

by Jessica Garcia 08/03/2011 06:26 (UTC-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)

Great movies can take anywhere from months to years to make.  They take the work of hundreds of people – in front of the camera and behind it, in editing rooms and at high-powered computer terminals, on big city streets and wide, empty deserts – shooting and putting together a film that will make millions of us cry, or laugh, or see our world differently.

Movies take enormous amounts of time and effort to make – and no time at all to steal.

You may not know that:

A few days after a U.S. film has been released in theaters anywhere in the world, an illegal copy is available on the Internet.*

Within two weeks of theatrical release, millions of copies of a major title have been downloaded.*

In 1 minute, on average, someone is able to locate an infringing film or TV show online.*

In 94 minutes, he or she can download a copy of that stolen movie.* 

Or in just 3 minutes, it’s ready to be streamed.*

The PROTECT IP Act is aimed at stopping foreign rogue websites that traffic in stolen films, TV shows and other American-made creative content. Because the over two million Americans whose jobs are supported by the movie and television business deserve better than to see their months or years of hard work stolen in mere minutes.
 
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*Source: Envisional, 2011


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