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File #: 170258    Version: 0 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: IN COMMITTEE
File created: 3/9/2017 In control: Committee on Global Opportunities & Creative/Innovative Economy
On agenda: Final action:
Title: Authorizing Council's Committee on Global Opportunities and the Creative/Innovative Economy to hold public hearings on the state of the Philadelphia Film Industry.
Sponsors: Councilmember Oh, Councilmember Squilla, Councilmember Green, Councilmember Taubenberger, Councilmember Domb, Councilmember Henon, Councilmember Bass, Councilmember Johnson, Councilmember Greenlee, Councilmember O'Neill, Councilmember Jones, Councilmember Blackwell, Councilmember Parker
Attachments: 1. Signature17025800.pdf
Title
Authorizing Council's Committee on Global Opportunities and the Creative/Innovative Economy to hold public hearings on the state of the Philadelphia Film Industry.

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WHEREAS, Philadelphia has been the setting of many acclaimed movies and television shows. The City's neighborhoods and skyline provide an iconic backdrop to hundreds of such productions; and

WHEREAS, Philadelphia offers prime locations for filming, from historic buildings to beautiful parks to bustling college campuses; and

WHEREAS, Several incentives are available to filmmakers looking to bring their productions to Philadelphia. The Pennsylvania Film Production Tax Credit Program, a hotel tax exemption, police assistance, and fee-free locations are all offered in Philadelphia; and

WHEREAS, Attracting film production to Philadelphia and encouraging independent filmmaking directly benefits to the City. Production crews use local hotels, restaurants, other businesses, and labor; and

WHEREAS, While movies and television shows are still filmed in Philadelphia, the frequency with which large-budget film productions have chosen to locate in the City has greatly declined. Meanwhile, cities such as Pittsburgh have seen significant increases in the number of films made within their limits; and

WHEREAS, Philadelphia has a sizable number of schools that produce talented filmmakers and young professionals whose creative talents Philadelphia should be competitively seeking to retain upon their graduation. Losing these creative individuals to other cities as they search for opportunities in the film industry hampers Philadelphia's long-term competitiveness in many creative industries; and

WHEREAS, The film industry offers opportunities for diverse people of all backgrounds to contribute towards making movies and television shows. Philadelphians should be able to work on film projects of all genres and budgets in their own City; and

WHEREAS, Film production is important to...

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