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File #: 170533    Version: 0 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: ADOPTED
File created: 5/18/2017 In control: CITY COUNCIL
On agenda: Final action: 5/25/2017
Title: Creating the Philadelphia Film Advisory Task Force.
Sponsors: Councilmember Oh, Councilmember Squilla, Councilmember Parker, Councilmember Taubenberger, Councilmember Domb, Councilmember Reynolds Brown, Councilmember Bass, Councilmember Henon, Councilmember Greenlee, Councilmember Jones, Councilmember Johnson, Councilmember Quiñones Sánchez, Councilmember Green, Councilmember O'Neill
Attachments: 1. Resolution No. 17053300.pdf, 2. Signature17053300.pdf
Creating the Philadelphia Film Advisory Task Force.

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. Philadelphia offers prime locations for filming, from historic buildings to beautiful parks to bustling college campuses; 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 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, Film production is important to Philadelphia's national reputation and the local economy. The more movies and television shows choose to shoot in Philadelphia, the more of a hub of the creative economy the City becomes; and

WHEREAS, As evidenced by and discussed in a May 12, 2017 hearing before the City Council Committee on Global Opportunities and the Creative/Innovative Economy, there are many facets to Philadelphia's film industry and many issues that must be addressed if Philadelphia's status in the greater film industry is to improve; and

WHEREAS, An advisory body has been recommended by the members of the film community and the Committee on Global Opportunities and the ...

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