Small Business to Rally for California's TV and Film Tax Credit Program

Small Business to Rally for California's TV and Film Tax Credit Program

Assemblyman Raul Bocanegra, co-author of bill that would extend and expand incentives, will speak at Sunland event Saturday

Small businesses, ostensibly the biggest losers via rampant runaway production, will rally this weekend to support for California's TV and film tax credit program near Los Angeles.

Among those speaking will be State Assemblyman Raul Bocanegra, who with his Assembly colleague Mike Gatto last month introduced legislation that would renew and expand the program.

The rally is sponsored by the California Film and Television Production Alliance, a coalition of small businesses, studio and network representatives, labor groups, local politicians, film liaisons and vendors.

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They see the bill as a critical tool to help California retain the jobs and economic activity generated by the film and television industry. The state's slice of the TV and film production pie has been diminishing for a decade as other states and nations have been offering incentives that outstrip California's.

The event, which will be held at Independent Studio Services in Sunland, is intended to be a call-to-action to help bring jobs and revenue back to the state.

The doors will open at 11 a.m. The Grammy-nominated band Lisa Haley and The Zydekats will perform and a catered lunch will be provided for guests. The studio is located at 9545 Wentworth Street in Sunland. For more information, check the event web site.