Feb 19, 2013: Meet Amy Lemisch, Exec Dir. of CA Film Commission

How State Film Incentives Can Help YOU get Work! 

Presented by The Media Alliance of Orange County
Co-Sponsored by MCA-I

At a time when New York State has tripled its tax incentive on post production to 30 percent and more than 40 other states want to steal similar film and TV business from California, Amy Lemisch, Executive Director of the California Film Commission, has brought together the media production industry and government to help save jobs and increase production in the Golden State.

On TUESDAY FEBRUARY 19th, you’ll meet Amy and get the details that can affect our industry, your career and livelihood when the Media Alliance of Orange County (MAOC), presents Ms. Lemisch to discuss the state of our industry. MCA-i Members get a discount when they register online at: www.MAOC.org

Whether you are an independent filmmaker, freelancer or production company—whether you are above the line or below the line—you need to get the information Ms. Lemisch will share.

Introduced by our own OC Film Commissioner, Janice Arrington, who also serves on the Media Alliance Board of Directors, Amy will talk about keeping our industry vital on every level in light of the highly competitive world in which we live. She will answer your questions, explain the newly extended California Film & Television Tax Credit Program and offer ways you may take advantage of it.

As Executive Director of the California Film Commission since 2004, Amy Lemisch oversees all of our state’s efforts to facilitate motion picture, television and commercial production. Under her leadership, the Commission coordinates with all levels of state and local government to promote California as a production locale. Such efforts in turn create jobs, increase production spending and generate tax revenue. Among her many accomplishments, Ms. Lemisch was instrumental in the creation, passage and implementation of the California Film and Television Tax Credit Program to help curb runaway production. First enacted in 2009, the $100 million per year program was just recently renewed by the state legislature.

Prior to her appointment to the Commission, Ms. Lemisch served for more than 15 years as a producer for Penny Marshall’s company, Parkway Productions. While based at Universal Studios and Sony Pictures, she was responsible for overseeing physical production on all Parkway projects as well as selecting new projects for the company to produce. Her credits include feature film such as RIDING IN CARS WITH BOYS (Drew Barrymore); THE PREACHERS WIFE (Denzel Washington and Whitney Houston); AWAKENINGS; A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN and more. Ms Lemisch is a member of the Directors Guild of America and the Producers Guild of America.

Janice Arrington, Orange County’s Film Commissioner since 1999, is part of the Film Liaisons in California Statewide—a network of county film offices that works closely with the California Film Commission. Her job as Film Commissioner is to promote, negotiate for, facilitate, and retain filming throughout the County. As film production is a vital revenue-generator for Orange County and its 34 cities, Arrington markets OC locations and serves as liaison with the entertainment industry. Arrington has served on the Board of Directors of the Association of Film Commissioners International (AFCI). Directors for the Association of Film Commissioners International manage the affairs of this 330-member organization of film commissions worldwide. Arrington was the recipient in 2007 of the Award of Excellence presented by the Media Alliance of Orange County at the Newport Beach Film Festival Award Ceremony. In 2010, she received the Association of Film Commissioners International President’s Award for Outstanding Service. Arrington also sits on community boards for the Media Alliance of Orange County (founding member), the Newport Beach Film Festival (founding member), and the Advanced Technology and Education Park (ATEP) Foundation, while serving as an ex-officio Board member of the Orange County Tourism Council. She is a long time member of the Directors Guild of America and has worked as Assistant Director on a number of feature films and TV series.

EVENT: Media Alliance of OC and MCAI Present: An Evening with Exec. Dir. of the CA Film Commission, Amy Lemisch

DATE: Tuesday February 19th, 2013

TIME: 6:00 PM Networking over refreshments 6:45 PM Program starts
COST: $15 online preregistered; $10 for members of Media Alliance and MCAI; $20 at the door

Parking is $8. Payable to the hotel

LOCATION: Waterfront Beach Resort, a Hilton Hotel, The Pacific Ballroom

Huntington Beach

21100 Pacific Coast Highway (Enter on Pacific View Ave)
Huntington Beach, CA 92648
Phone: (714) 845-8000

DIRECTIONS: From South OC: Take I-405 North and exit onto the 55 fwy South heading to Newport Beach. Exit onto PCH and go north for aprox 4.5 miles. You will pass the hotel on your right, then turn right onto Huntington Street and right again onto Pacific View Ave to get to the main entrance.

From The North: Take I-405 South past Long Beach. Take Exit 16/Beach Blvd and follow it south to the water. At PCH turn Right and go past the hotel on your right then turn right onto Huntington Street and right again onto Pacific View Ave to get to the main entrance.