NYPA News: Capital Region & Adirondack Film Alliance Industry Day
Capital Region & Adirondack Film Alliance
Industry Day: Come Meet the Trailblazers
May 19, 2022

NYPA is proud to support, and encourage our community to attend, the Capital Region & Adirondack Film Alliance’s Industry Day in May. The Capital Region & Adirondack Film Alliance cordially invites you to attend one of the most ground-breaking film industry days and networking events in New York State. The educational sessions will certainly spark conversations that are so relevant to our times. Listed below is a snippet of what you can expect.

Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, Cinema – Where Are We Now? – featuring Sam Caldwell, MBA, Chief Diversity Officer & Associate Vice President Diversity and Inclusion, UAlbany; Dien Vo, an independent filmmaker, and multimedia artist as well as Faculty in Film and Media Studies, Bard College at Simon’s Rock; and Michael “Boogie” Pinckney, Creative Producer & Director.

Amplifying Stories Through Music moderated by our very own Grammy Award-Winning Albany Symphony Conductor David Alan Miller.

Infusing the Local Economy – featuring Vic Christopher, Clark Hospitality; Ray Legere, Armory Studios NY, and two location managers (TBD – based on their schedules)

Show Me the $ – Financing/Budget – featuring John Hadity of Entertainment Partners.

Inside the Actors Studio – Capital Region Style – featuring Bernadette Quigley and Kevin Craig West, moderated by Beth Davenport of Stockade Works.

We will also have panels on Post Production and American High – A True Success Story.
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Reel Works Town Hall
Access to the Media and Entertainment Industry
Today!: April 4 @ 5:00PM ET

How does one gain access to the media industry?  What barriers must be overcome? What strategies can young people take to explore careers and pursue their dreams as creators and craftspeople?

Join Reel Work’s third Town Hall hosted by Reel Works Youth Ambassadors for a conversation with young filmmakers and industry professionals about the meaning of access and how to overcome obstacles to career advancement in film and television. 
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Member & Industry News
  • Lumberyard Studios were featured by HudsonValley360, where the benefits of shooting upstate were discussed. In addition to the tax incentive bump, more open spaces have attracted filmmakers to Greene County’s open spaces. Click here to read more.
  • AICP announced the Curatorial Committees for the 2022 AICP Show and the AICP Post Awards. The AICP Show honors the craft of the commercial, recognizing every aspect of commercial-making. To read more about the show and the committee, click here.
  • FilmNation has signed a co-production agreement with Range Media, which will lead to 4 to 6 movies a year being produced. You can read more about the deal from Hollywood Reporter.
  • Gold Coast Studios is a sponsor for the The Town of Oyster Bay’s Spring Festival on April 23rd. The Spring Festival will feature inflatables, games, refreshments, a petting zoo, multiple photo opportunities and so much more!  Additionally, food truck vendors will be on-site with specialties available for purchase. Click here to read more.
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Bystander Intervention in the Entertainment Industry Webinar
Sunday, April 10th, 3 PM EDT
Hosted by Behind the Scenes

Thank you to the Location Managers Guild International for bringing this event to our attention. 

Do you know how to safely intervene if you see a co-worker being bullied or intimidated? In just one hour you can learn about five easily accessible tools and get real life examples to use in any workplace to safely intervene without worrying about retaliation.

We’re partnering with Hollaback!, a social justice organization that specializes in education around bullying and harassment, to present this free one hour webinar which will be offered on three different dates to accommodate industry work schedules. The anonymously interactive sessions will be led by principal Hollaback trainer Dax Valdes,  an experienced entertainment industry professional.

There is no cost for the zoom webinar but you do need to register in advance by clicking on your preferred date below. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email from <training@ihollaback.org> containing information about joining the webinar.

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ICYMI: LAEDC Report Notes
California’s Loss is New York’s Gain

A new report from the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC) reviewing the economic impact of their previous tax incentive program highlights the reality that projects can, and will, move for competitive tax incentives. As reported by the Los Angeles Times:
California lost out on nearly $8 billion in economic activity, 28,000 jobs and over $350 million in revenue for state and local coffers from film and TV projects that chose to film elsewhere in recent years.


The eye-popping estimate was based on a review of 157 out of 312 projects that applied for but did not receive a California tax credit and took their productions elsewhere between 2015 and 2020.
New York’s benefit from California’s lost business is discussed in Section 5 of the report, starting on page 20 (emphasis added):
Productions that applied for but did not receive tax credits left California to spend $1.90 billion in 18 different states. Lost productions generated over $1 billion in production spending in states that offer competitive film and TV tax incentives, such as Georgia ($551.9 million), New Mexico ($250.3 million), New York ($186.6 million), and Louisiana ($103.4 million).


The estimate of lost economic activity represents a conservative estimate of what was lost over the period; it only covers productions that applied for the tax credit, it does not capture production that did not apply and left California due to other factors such as higher costs, a shortage of studio space, or higher incentives elsewhere. 

You can read the full report by clicking below. 
Full LAEDC Report
ICYMI: MPA Releases 2021 THEME Report

As reported in many publications, including Deadline, the MPA (NYPA Member) has released their 2021 Theatrical and Home Entertainment Market Environment (THEME) Report. Each year, the MPA research team produces the THEME Report by collecting and analyzing data from third-party sources and conducting an online audience survey of U.S. viewers of theatrical and home/mobile entertainment. The team reported that the combined US theatrical and home/mobile market was $36.8 billion in 2021, exceeding the pre-Covid figure of $36.1 billion in 2019. 
Read Full MPA THEME Report
Hal G. Rosenbluth: Production industry ‘is stronger and greater’ than pre-COVID

Kaufman Astoria Studios (NYPA Member) CEO and President Hal G. Rosenbluth spoke with Yahoo Finance’s Allie Canal and Dave Briggs about how the production industry is faring post-COVID. Hal started the interview saying the following: 
We’re back at pre-pandemic levels, and actually going I think stronger and greater. We’re running in New York now upwards of 60 projects going on in the city. We believe that the unions are at capacity, and we are constantly trying to grow facilities as well as manpower.
Watch The Full Interview
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ICYMI: NYPA Lunch & Learn:
“NFTs, Blockchain, & the Film Industry”
Video Available

We had a very insightful first Lunch & Learn. Steven Beer (NYPA Board Secretary) moderated the discussion with Irina Albita, co-founder of FilmChain, and Richard “Rip” Beyman of Lewis Brisbois. Our speakers covered everything from the basics of what Blockchain is, current uses (smart contracts, NFTs, etc.), to forward looking applications.

(Technical note on recording: We will change settings on next one so people on phone/with camera off don’t appear as black spaces.)
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Creatives Rebuild New York
Guidelines and Application Are Live

Creatives Rebuild New York (CRNY) is a three-year, $125 million initiative that will provide guaranteed income and employment opportunities for up to 2,700 artists throughout New York State. These two components will work to alleviate unemployment of artists, continue the creative work of artists in partnership with their communities and arts and cultural organizations, and enable artists to continue working and living in New York State under less financial strain. The grant guidelines are live. 
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