9th Annual Film in California Conference

9th Annual Film in California Conference Presents First Golden SLATE Award to Ryan Murphy 

More than 500 Industry Professionals Attend Day-Long Conference May 21; Speakers Include Dax Shepard, Gary Marshall, Jamie Lee Curtis, Jason George and Mayor Eric Garcetti

May 24, 2016 - Studio City, Calif. - More than 500 film, TV, commercial and new media production professionals gathered May 21st at CBS Studio Center (Radford) in Studio City for the 9th Annual Film in California Conference, which was expanded this year to include presentation to Writer-Director-Producer Ryan Murphy of the first-ever California Golden SLATE Award.

Murphy was honored with the inaugural award for his commitment to filming in California and creating thousands of in-state production jobs. His many California projects include "American Crime Story: The People vs. O.J. Simpson," "Glee," "Nip/Tuck," "American Horror Story" and "Scream Queens" (the latter two recently relocated production to California from Louisiana after admission into the California Film and TV Tax Credit Program). Jamie Lee Curtis - who currently stars with Emma Roberts in "Scream Queens" - presented the award to Murphy following an introduction by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti.

The day-long conference was produced by the California Film Commission and FLICS (Film Liaisons in California Statewide) - a network of 40-plus film commissions from across the state. Over the years it has grown to become the largest conference focused on highlighting the state’s production resources -from its recently expanded tax credit program to its superior crews/talent, locations and infrastructure. The conference has become the signature event for producers, directors, location managers, production designers, UPMs, studio executives and others to network and learn how to benefit from all that California has to offer the entertainment production industry.

"This year’s Film in California Conference was held amid a surge in production due to the state’s expanded tax credit program," said California Film Commission Executive Director Amy Lemisch. "There was a renewed sense of optimism and appreciation for all the amazing resources California has to offer."

Saturday’s conference kicked off with a keynote address from Producer-Writer-Director Gary Marshall, which was followed by a lively panel discussion featuring Writer-Director-Actor Dax Shepard focused on what happened behind-the-scenes during production of the upcoming "CHIPs" feature film (based on the iconic 1970s TV series). Shepard and other members of the production team discussed shooting on-location across the Greater Los Angeles area.

Other panels were focused on a range of topics including the evolution of commercial and other forms of branded content production, best practices for on-location community relations, "insanely low-budget" filmmaking (with the creative team behind the film "Tangerine)," and a diversity/inclusion discussion featuring actor Jason George ("Grey’s Anatomy" and Chair of SAG-AFTRA’s Diversity Advisory Committee).

About the California Film Commission The California Film Commission enhances California's status as the leader in motion picture, television and commercial production. It supports productions of all sizes and budgets, and focuses on activities that stimulate and preserve production jobs, spending and tax revenues in California. Services include administration of the state's Film and Television Tax Credit Program, permits for filming at state-owned facilities, an extensive digital location library, location assistance and a range of other production-related resources and assistance. More information is available online.

About the FLICS (Film Liaisons in California Statewide)

FLICS was created to heighten the level of professionalism and visibility of California Film Commissions and Offices by developing quality standards, guidelines, education and marketing components for its members. The FLICS organization provides its members with valuable filming resources from location assistance, and phases of production to industry terms and tips on building and maintaining an effective film office. FLICS, through its members, provides production clients with valuable and timely location support and resources. More information is available online.

Contact: Erik Deutsch, ExcelPR Group (for the California Film Commission) 323-851-2455 direct / 310-597-9245 cell / Email Erik Deutsch

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