FALL 2015

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The California Film Commission (CFC) enhances California's status as the leader in motion picture, television and commercial production.


A one-stop office for filmmakers, the Commission supports productions of all sizes and budgets. In addition to managing the Film & Television Tax Credit program, services include an extensive digital location library, free online permitting, low cost use of state properties as shooting locations, and production assistance.




Michael Walbrecht

"The CFC is able to quickly cut through the red-tape that can present roadblocks for production.

Our shows work at a speed that is contrary to what government agencies typically expect, so having the CFC act as a translator between the production industry and government is invaluable for keeping everything on track."  

Michael Walbrecht
Vice President of Public Affairs
Warner Bros. Entertainment

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The California Film Commission offers FREE permits for filming on state property. State-owned properties generally assess a fee only to recover out-of-pocket costs such as monitoring services and parking. There are so many state-owned locations to choose from, so keep us in mind as your low-cost location option.

Visit CFC's website for more info.



November 12, 2015

Los Angeles 

10:00 am - 11:00 am

(via conference line)




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7080 Hollywood Blvd.  

Suite 900

Hollywood, CA 90028







(c) 2015     

California Film Commission 


CHP's Miguel Luevano Earns COLA for State Public Employee of the Year 
CHP Officer Miguel Luevano accepts his COLA from Los Angeles 
Mayor Eric Garcetti.

California Highway Patrol Officer and former film liaison Miguel Luevano was named State Public Employee of the Year at the 21st Annual California On-Location Awards (COLAs), which were held October 11 at the Beverly Hilton's famed International Ballroom. 
CHP Honoree: Officer Luevano with 
CFC Executive Director Amy Lemisch (left) 
and Deputy Director Eve Honthaner.

Miguel wrapped up his very successful tenure as statewide film media relations liaison in July, after helping resolve countless production issues and endearing himself to everyone fortunate enough to work with him. 

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti presented the awards for Public Employee of the year. Also taking home COLAs in the category were Melinda Moses of National Parks Service (Federal Public Employee), Robert Malek of Imperial County Fire Department (County Public Employee) and Eva Bitar of the City of Los Angeles (City Public Employee). 

The Film Commission congratulates all the winners and finalists who were part of this year's COLAs. 

FLICS members (from left) Janice Arrington (Orange County Film Commission), Amy Lemisch (California Film Commission) and Charla Teeters (Imperial County Film Commission) with Mayor Garcetti.

The annual COLA program is produced by Film Liaisons in California Statewide (FLICS) - an association of 41 city and county film commissions across the state dedicated to facilitating on-location production. 

See the complete list of 2015 winners

Related: August 15 Production Alert "CFC Introduces New CHP Statewide Film Media Relations Officer"

CFC Works with Caltrans and CHP to Help Land Eastwood's "Sully" at Universal Lot 

Flying under the radar: Numerous state and local agencies worked together to facilitate transport of a decommissioned Airbus fuselage from Victorville to the Universal Studios lot for Clint Eastwood's "Sully."

Everyone knows the California Film Commission administers the state's Film & TV Tax Credit Program, provides location assistance and issues permits for state-owned properties - but less well known is the CFC's work to help solve problems and cut through government red tape.

This problem-solving expertise was demonstrated in a big way recently when the Film Commission joined forces with Caltrans and CHP to help facilitate transporting a 204-foot long, 21-ton Airbus fuselage more than 100 miles via some of the L.A. region's busiest thoroughfares.

The fuselage is a key element in the production of the Warner Bros./Clint Eastwood film "Sully," which recounts the story of Chesley "Sully" Sullenburger's heroic landing of a passenger jet in the Hudson River.

Transporting it from Victorville to the Universal Studios lot was a substantial undertaking that involved numerous state and local agencies. The process started when the CFC received a call from Warner Bros. VP of Public Affairs, Michael Walbrecht, requesting assistance to get the ball rolling with Caltrans and CHP. With the Film Commission's help, a complicated process that could easily take up to 30 days was accomplished in just two weeks. On the night of September 10th, the move was performed without a hitch.

CFC Deputy Director Eve Honthaner acknowledges the many exceptional public employees and industry professionals who worked together to help make this possible. Among them is Caltrans engineer Hugo Guzman, who volunteered to travel the entire 100-mile route with the transport convoy so he could measure the distance from the top of the fuselage to the bottom of each overpass bridge. He recorded the smallest clearance at the 101/170/134 interchange in North Hollywood, where there were just four inches to spare. 
Welcome New CFC Staff Members 

New team members (clockwise from upper left) Nick Abdo,
Jennifer Jackson, Monique Nevels and Julie "Lee" Bowdle.

The California Film Commission team is growing in order to handle the rise in activity triggered by the state's expanded tax credit program. Join us in welcoming the newest members of our staff:

Nick Abdo - Tax Credit Program Analyst 
Nick is an industry veteran with a wealth of expertise in all aspects of film and TV production. He brings 30 years of experience producing feature films, network and cable television and interactive media. 

Jennifer Jackson - Administrative Assistant
Jenny's friendly voice will likely be the one you hear when calling the CFC's office. She has worked for the state since 2012, most recently as a customer service representative for the State Fund. She previously spent a decade working in the advertising sales department at the L.A. Times. 

Monique Nevels - Tax Credit Department Assistant
Monique helps support administration of the Film & TV Tax Credit Program. She started her career in the Navy, where she served as a paralegal specialist. Immediately prior to joining the CFC she worked at the Norco Men's Correctional Facility.

Julie "Lee" Bowdle - Location Resources Coordinator 
Lee works alongside longtime Location Resources Specialist Lisa Mosher in the CFC's Location Library. She was most recently at California State Parks, and previously served as a quality assurance professional for ventures ranging from startups to Fortune 500 companies. 

In addition, the CFC acknowledges veteran production supervisor Yvonne Yaconelli, who joined the tax credit team
CFC Logoin May as a special consultant and will continue her assignment through the end of the year.

We're still looking for qualified candidates. To learn more, please visit the CFC's website
"Made in Hollywood Honors" Pays Tribute to Home-Grown TV Shows 
Participants on-hand for the "Made in Hollywood Honors" celebration included Paul Audley (FilmL.A.), Amy Lemisch (CFC), Mitch O'Farrell (L.A. City Council), Jane Seymour ("Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman"), Chard Lewis (Klein Financial Corp.), Mary McDonnell ("Manor Crimes"), Jane Austin (SAG-AFTRA) and Kim Roberts (Film Musicians Fund). 

The "Made in Hollywood Honors" celebration on Sept 17 recognized Emmy-nominated projects filmed in California. In all, 24 projects were honored including "Mad Men," "Parks and Recreation," "Modern Family" and "Silicon Valley." The event was sponsored by Councilmember Mitch O'Farrell, Teamsters Local 399, Film Musicians Secondary Markets Fund, FilmL.A., California Film Commission and SAG-AFTRA.

The next "Made in Hollywood Honors" will recognize features filmed in California and will be held next February, just prior to the Oscars.
Featured Location: 
City of Pasadena and the Famed Rose Bowl 

Field of Dreams: Pasadena's newly renovated 
Rose Bowl is available year-round for filming.

You can find it all in the City of Roses! 

Pasadena offers a uniquely diverse inventory of filming locations that includes everything from the beaux arts Colorado Street Bridge and Mediterranean revival City Hall to numerous museums, a lake, Japanese Garden, vacant hospital and an abundance of Craftsman era homes. Of course there's also the newly renovated Rose Bowl and nearby Aquatics Center with Olympic pool - all within the 30-mile zone. 

The Rose Bowl is available year-round (even during football season) and boasts a state-of-the-art field, locker rooms, suites, club lounges and tunnels, along with expansive parking lots for your base camp operations.

Pasadena has earned a film-friendly reputation, and its film office has an experienced staff ready to provide a three-day turnaround on film permits. 
For more information, contact Michelle Garrett at the Pasadena Film Office: 626-744-3964/www.filmpasadena.com.

Caltrans Updates LAX Holiday Season Filming Restrictions
This year's holiday moratorium on permits for roadway closures and/or roaming breaks within a four-mile radius of LAX will be in effect November 21, 2015 through January 6, 2016.

The goal is to minimize filming-related disruptions to passenger and cargo traffic during the busy holiday season, as well as to ensure freeways around LAX (especially the often-filmed 105 Freeway) remain viable for non-holiday season production.

For more information please contact the California Film Commission at (323) 860-2960

Did You Know? 
Did you know that the "Production" section on the California Film Commission's website (http://film.ca.gov/Production.htm) includes a wealth of information, tools and links. 

Whether your project is big or small, you'll find these resources to be incredibly useful. We have what you're looking for on topics ranging from working with animals and making your production more green to promoting on-set safety, obtaining work visas and finding industry associations, unions and guilds. 

We're here to help with the information you need to make your next project a success! 
In the News 

Below is a sampling of recent
news stories featuring the California Film Commission:



Los Angeles Times

"20th Century Props Reopens Amid Production Rebound in L.A."



The Sacramento Bee


Los Angeles Times