Assembly Bill 1839 (Gatto/Bocanegra), the California Film and Television Job Retention and Promotion Act, recently cleared the California State Assembly. Although there’s still more work to be done, this landmark piece of legislation promises to make California competitive again for new film and television projects and associated jobs.
The California Film and Television Production Alliance – a coalition of guilds, unions, producers, small businesses, and associations that have worked together for more than a decade to promote, improve, and enhance film and television production in the State of California –recently hailed the bill’s advancement:
“On behalf of hundreds of thousands of middle class California workers, creative talent, small businesses, vendors, local governments and film commissioners across the state, we wholeheartedly thank the two authors, Assembly Members Gatto and Bocanegra, and the entire California Assembly for their vote on AB 1839, the California Film and Television Job Retention and Promotion Act. The strength of the unanimous vote demonstrates the Assembly Members’ clear understanding of the vital economic importance of the motion picture industry to California and their determination to return this state to a competitive position. This could not have been achieved without the dedication of AB 1839’s authors, and the unwavering support of 67 co-authors. Our industry has been a vital part of California’s heritage and we want to continue be part of the Golden State’s economic vitality in the 21st century. This vote puts us one step closer to that reality.”
Next, AB1839 will head to the Senate Committee on Governance and Finance for review as early as June 18. It is critical before that meeting that the Committee Chair and Committee members receive personal letters of support from those personally affected by California’s ongoing loss of film production.