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FILM PRODUCTION SOARS IN THE CITY OF ANGELS; DECEMBER AND 1995 SET LANDMARK NUMBERS FOR PRODUCTION

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- December was a record month for film production in Los Angeles. According to the Entertainment Industry Development Corporation (EIDC), the LA region posted 3,020 film production days in December of 1995 compared to 2,004 for the same month in 1994 - an increase of more than 50%! "December can sometimes be a slow month for filming in the industry, but with the Mayor's Office and the recently formed EIDC, streamlining the filming process, production crews were able to accomplish more in Los Angeles with greater access to resources," says Stephanie Hershey Liner, Executive Vice President for the EIDC. "As usual, mother nature has also smiled upon us. The summer-like weather has also allowed for a greater increase in outdoor production levels," adds Hershey Liner.

The story does not end there. Additionally, 1995 set a blistering total of production days for the Los Angeles Region, accomplishing 33,438 production days for 1995 compared to 26,698 in 1994 - an increase of 25.2%. These numbers reflect a marked increase in each month over the same month during the previous year. "We are very pleased with these numbers. They represent a lot of hard work on behalf of the City, County and the EIDC," says Cody Cluff, President of the EIDC. "With the Mayor's support and dedication to the industry we have made location filming in Los Angeles more efficient and cost effective for the industry," continues Cluff.

"With the Academy Awards drawing near, it's great to know that Los Angeles is already a winner," says Mayor Richard Riordan. "I'm pleased that the film industry continues to choose Los Angeles ... let's keep up this winning partnership!" he adds.

Cluff believes that the accomplishments in 1995 were in part due to the cooperation exhibited by all those concerned about the business. An agreement negotiated with the International Alliance of Theatrical and Stage Employees (IATSE) which enhanced the economic viability of television series produced in Los Angeles is a good example, he continued, but a major portion of the credit belongs to Riordan.

"Mayor Riordan's leadership in aggressively pursuing effective and efficient government has led directly to significant cost-saving, including a streamlined permit process," Cluff said, "and the film industry has benefited." Taxpayers and consumers will also benefit. "The entertainment industry is a significant contributor to the area's economy," he continued, "and lower production costs means increased activity, which will ultimately strengthen our economy."
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