UPDATE, 3:45 PM: Looks like one of the biggest stakeholders in the expansion of California’s $100 million Film and TV Tax Credit Program have forgiven Kevin De Leon for temporarily turning against the issue. Soon after the influential state Senator did an about face from yesterday’s lack of support for the widely supported and multi-sponsored Film and Television Job Creation and Retention Act and today said he was “100% committed” to seeing the legislation passed, the California Film and Television Production Alliance came out with a statement of their own saying they are “pleased that Senator De Leon has clearly expressed his strong and unequivocal commitment to passing an expanded and extended California Film and Television production incentive this year.” (see full statement below)
The CFTPA includes the DGA, SAG-AFTRA, the MPAA, Teamsters Local 399, the PGA, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and the California and Nevada arms of the National Association of Theatre Owners among its members – AKA a lot of people you don’t want to lose the support of if you are an ambitious LA-based politician.
PREVIOUS, 3:03 PM: Kevin De Leon has shifted his stance on California’s $100 million Film and TV Tax Credit Program for the second time in 24 hours. “In the interest of protecting good jobs and safeguarding one of our signature industries, I’ve long been an outspoken champion for California’s film and television tax credit, and I’m 100% committed to passing an extension and expansion of that credit this year,” the LA Democrat said in a statement Wednesday. Today’s remarks by the Senate Appropriations Committee chair and upcoming President Pro Tem come after an email Monday from one of his key aides that said the rising politician had “decided he will not support the extension of the current lottery allocation system.”