The city of Los Angeles has approved a contract that continues its relationship with FilmL.A. for the next 20 years.
The new contract has an initial term that runs through June 2015 and includes a process for three five-year extensions.
It’s the first time in some years that the city has awarded FilmL.A. a multiyear contract.
FilmL.A. is a private nonprofit organization that coordinates and processes permits for on-location movie, TV and commercial production in the county of Los Angeles and six other cities in addition to Los Angeles, five school districts and the Angeles National Forest.
The bulk of the permitted production days coordinated by FilmL.A. each year fall within the city of Los Angeles.
"I’m pleased that the council has joined me in supporting a contract that will allow FilmL.A. to make longer-term investments in our local filming infrastructure," said Los Angeles Councilman Richard Alarcón, chairman of the City’s Jobs and Business Development Committee, which reviewed and sent the contract to the full City Council.
"The inclusion of a marketing aspect in this new contract will also allow us to reach out to filmmakers and the community about the strong economic benefit that our city receives from jobs in film, television and commercials," he added.
"FilmL.A. is a vital partner in the city’s commitment to meeting the needs of the film industry and our local communities," said Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. "Their expertise in coordinating local, on-location filming is of great value to the city, and we look forward to a partnership well into the future that will ensure that the filming industry stays here at home in Los Angeles."
Ongoing community relations is a key component of the service FilmL.A. provides. The organization works to strike a balance between the needs and interests of the entertainment industry and the neighborhoods affected by on-location production
In today’s highly-competitive, global entertainment production market, FilmL.A.’s services help the Los Angeles region retain its status as the entertainment production capital of the world.