The comparatively wealthy Hollywood film industry is, once again, fighting for hundreds of millions of your tax dollars, pitting California and Los Angeles against cross-country locales that are also giving up public incentives for the chance to host productions.
Politicians often fall over themselves in order to give your tax money to multi-billion-dollar media corporations despite these factors: Studies show the return is negligible; ultra-white Hollywood doesn't hire a workforce that even comes close to reflecting L.A. (or even America); and the industry appears to rely heavily on workers imported from out-of-state.
On top of all that, we have to wonder if the 1st Annual Location Managers Guild of America (LMGA) Awards in Beverly Hills is thumbing its nose at Californians:
The presenting sponsor for the awards honoring “the outstanding and creative contributions of location professionals in film, television and commercials” will be the “Greater Ft. Lauderdale/Broward Film Commission,” according to a statement from the LMGA.
Actually it's the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward Office of Film & Entertainment, something you'd think the high-dollar publicists who represent the event might be able to get right.
Hosts were scheduled to include producer Jerry Weintraub of Oceans Eleven franchise fame, president Cheryl Boone Isaacs of the Academy Awards organization and, yes, Carlos Molinet of the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward Office of Film & Entertainment.
No, you're not invited.
Not only that, but the March 29 red-carpet shindig at the Writers Guild Theater is sponsored, in part, by the Montana Film Office, the North Carolina Visitors Bureau, and the Wyoming Film Office.
So the chief of the Academy Awards is going endorse an event that celebrates sending jobs out of state?
We understand that this is about location, location, location. In Hollywood, that's often defined as out of town (if not off the lot).
But we asked a publicist for the awards show if the LMGA folks weren't just a little concerned about so-called runaway production, or at least about appearances at a time when Hollywood is begging for our hard-earned money in a Great Recession-wary Los Angeles.
She didn't want to speak about it on the record.