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August 14, 2017

August 11th News Report from your Los Angeles Representative

Happy Friday everyone,

Disney dropped a bombshell on Hollywood this week, announcing that by 2019 it will pull all its movies from Netflix, as it plans to launch streaming services of its own. Despite its moves into original programming, Netflix is still hugely dependent on licensed content though, as detailed in the Hollywood Reporter below, some analysts think it will weather the impact by shifting its attention to international subscribers and even more original content. 
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/how-disneys-plan-pull-movies-could-impact-netflix-1028108

Disney's announcement that it will launch two streaming services of its own, for family fare and sports, doesn't just affect Netflix: there's a good chance it will also eventually affect you. Los Angeles Times consumer columnist David Lazarus explains this week that sports fans who want to cut the pay-TV cord but can’t because they’d lose access to their favorite sports programming are likely to be persuaded by a robust offering by Disney-owned ESPN and that means the number of households who order programming a la carte could soar. A tipping point, perhaps?
http://www.latimes.com/business/lazarus/la-fi-lazarus-disney-espn-streaming-20170811-story.html

In other news this week, SAG-AFTRA members have ratified the contract the union forged with the major Hollywood studios last month. The L.A. Times has details on the widely-expected development below.
http://www.latimes.com/business/hollywood/la-fi-ct-sag-aftra-ratification-20170807-story.html

The New York Governors office paid homage this week to the state's film and television tax incentives by celebrating "one million hires" since the incentives were introduced in 2004. Buffalo's NPR station, WBFO below, reports that the tax credits, which are funded through 2022, have generated work on 1,156 productions and more than $16.8 billion in spending.
http://news.wbfo.org/post/governors-film-office-celebrates-one-million-hires-movie-tv-production

Production powerhouse Georgia has been building infrastructure at a breakneck pace since production tax incentives were introduced in that state in 2009. This week Variety took note with a story breathlessly headlined "Georgia Could Be the New Hollywood for Young Acting Talent". http://variety.com/2017/film/news/georgia-young-acting-talent-1202518175/

Finally this week, a Netflix price hike in Canada made headlines in the Hollywood Reporter. As detailed below, the hikes came along with an admission from the U.S. online video giant that it needs to bump up its content for Canadians amid news that CBS All Access will come north as new competition.
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/netflix-hikes-canadian-prices-spending-spree-1028391

I'll be on vacation with my family starting next Wednesday, August 16th. I'll return on Thursday, August 24th and my next report will be on the 25th.

Warmest regards,
Kelly

Kelly Graham-Scherer
Los Angeles Representative
Toronto/ Ontario Film Office

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