California’s Legislature handed a invoice as we speak that extends the state’s movie incentives program via 2030 and establishes the nation’s first security protocols in regulation for tv and movie employees. The invoice, AB/SB 132, now could be headed to the desk of Gov. Gavin Newsom, who is anticipated to signal it.
Since its inception, this system has generated $8.4 billion in certified wages paid to 1.85 million California employees. The 656 movie, tv and streaming productions receiving the tax credit score since 2009 spent $23.2 billion in California, in line with the Leisure Union Coalition, which is made up of SAG-AFTRA, the Administrators Guild, the California IATSE Council, Teamsters Native 399 and Laborers Union Native 724.
“Along with the extension of the California Film and TV Tax Incentive program, significant new diversity provisions and a landmark Safety on Production Pilot Program were included in AB/SB 132,” the coalition stated in a press release. “We thank Senate Professional Tem Toni Atkins and Speaker Anthony Rendon for his or her longstanding help; Senator Steve Padilla and Assemblymember Wendy Carrillo for his or her months of Subcommittee work on this laws; Assemblymember Luz Rivas and Senator Maria Elena Durazo and the members of the Los Angeles County Delegation for his or her well timed motion to maintain this extremely profitable tax incentive program working for our members and our state.
“Finally, we thank Senator Dave Cortese for his unwavering support over the past two years in helping to draft and secure the passage of this unprecedented production safety legislation, which once again puts California in the forefront of workplace safety. Preserving good middle-class jobs that are safe and available to all Californians is something we can all be proud of.”
The state finances settlement, which contains Cortese’s SB 735, additionally establishes the nation’s first security protocols in regulation for tv and movie employees. The bipartisan laws displays two years of negotiations between studios and labor representatives following the 2021 dying of a cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on the Rust movie set in New Mexico.
“Conversations about this legislation started the week after the tragic loss of a cinematographer,” stated Cortese, who chairs the Senate Committee on Labor, Public Employment, and Retirement. “Those negotiations have produced the nation’s first and best safety practices for California workers in the state’s vital motion picture industry. The agreement will also boost diversity on film productions and create an industry pipeline for students of color, and it will uplift local economies by helping to keep motion picture productions in California. This agreement establishes best practices statewide that were already in use among Hollywood’s top studios. I commend Governor Newsom, the film studios and unions for their commitment to film safety.”
The invoice protects movie and TV employees by establishing obligatory pointers round the usage of firearms and ammunition on productions, establishes coaching necessities and security requirements for prop masters and armorers. It additionally prohibits the usage of stay ammunition besides in restricted circumstances following security guidelines and legal guidelines.
The invoice additionally creates a five-year security pilot program requiring any employer who receives a movement image tax credit score to rent an impartial security adviser to conduct preproduction threat assessments and oversee security practices and procedures in movement image, TV and streaming productions.
Mike Miller, head of IATSE’s West Coast workplace, stated: “IATSE and its 54,000 members working in California owe the landmark Safety on Productions Pilot Program legislation in AB/SB 132 to Senator Dave Cortese, who for the past two years, has stood by his commitment to work with us to move industry safety protocols from rules on paper to actual enforcement on the ground. Our unique industry faces a myriad of hazardous and potentially hazardous activities that take place daily. Now, starting here in California, with productions that receive the California Film and Television Tax Credit 4.0, IATSE members, and everyone who works on these productions, will know that safety is important, not only to them but to the Governor and legislature as well.”
Mentioned Rebecca Rhine, Western Government Director of the Administrators Guild: “We thank Senator Cortese for his leadership on this transformational legislation that will prioritize safety in our industry and save lives. Now DGA directors and their teams, along with all other cast and crew members, have a skilled and experienced ally and collaborator on production whose sole focus is keeping everyone safe. While this model starts with the film tax incentive in California, we look forward to the day it becomes the standard across the country.”