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HAWAII PRODUCTION TAX INCENTIVE BILLS DOWN TO THE WIRE!

HAWAII PRODUCTION TAX INCENTIVE BILLS DOWN TO THE WIRE!

 

RELATIVITY MEDIA AND SHANGRI-LA INDUSTRIES WOULD BUILD STATE OF THE ART “GREEN” PRODUCTION FACILITIES ON OAHU AND MAUI


 

 

 

 

 

Potential to create 10,000 jobs and generate more than $5 billion annually

 

 

 

The bill has passed several committees in both the House & Senate of the Hawaii State Legislature.  It’s now before the Conference Committee, who is charged with conforming both versions of the bill for a final presentation to the full voting body of the legislature. Supporters believe the bill is groundbreaking for Hawaii growing the economy exponentially. They say it would create  a new industry, eradicate deficit and bring billions of economic activity to Hawaii…Supporters also project the bulls would create more than 10,000 local jobs with the potential for more…


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In partnership with Shangri-La Industries, Relativity Media would support the building of the most environmentally-friendly “green” stages ever built in the world. It is also projected to create a major burst in tourism which has been negatively affected by the world economy and the tsunami in Japan.

 

After several months of working with members of the Hawaii state legislature, various Hawaii state governmental agencies (including the Department of Business and Economic Development and Tourism and the Department of Taxation) and top film tax incentive and job training consultants, Relativity Media proposed a groundbreaking film tax incentive program for Hawaii that will create a new industry projected to generate economic activity of more than $5 billion annually, more than 10,000 new high-wage jobs and a state-of-the-art, green film production facilities budgeted at several hundred million dollars…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Supporters believe with Hawaii’s natural beauty, a well-trained local film crew and filming friendly weather year round, “Hawaii is poised to experience significant and sustainable growth in the amount of film/tv-related production, infrastructure, job/career opportunities and economic activity, if it improves its film tax incentive program….

 

Currently, most films come to Hawaii for its natural beauty, unique exteriors and film-friendly weather but supporters claim it also is among the highest film union labor rates in the country, high cost to travel crew and ship equipment, and limited local infrastructure.  If Hawaii is to improve its film tax incentive program, based on the proposed amendments it would mitigate these factors and attract both major Hollywood and independent film/television productions, which currently do not film in Hawaii. This would create a lasting surge of film production and related economic activity, supporters say…

 

 

 

 

 

Since Hawaii has very limited production space it needs additional film stages to support the growth of its film industry. Relativity, with the support of Steve Bing’s Shangri-La Industries and JP Morgan, is prepared to build 180,000 square feet, state-of-the-art, first-class production facilities, on Oahu, Maui and potentially other neighbor islands with a budget of $300 million to $500 million with the capacity to house multiple film/television productions simultaneously. These facilities will be built “green” and to qualify as two of very few LEED Platinum Certified (the highest environmentally friendly rating awarded) buildings in Hawaii. The proposed amendment makes building these facilities financially viable and will drive economic development associated with major construction projects. It will also drastically increase the economic activity associated with film production generally as more production dollars will be spent in Hawaii…

 

 

 

Hawaii has a thriving group of local film makers, film production crew and businesses that benefit from the limited number of films currently shot in Hawaii. An improved film tax incentive program, coupled with a formal local film crew training program, would drive growth of this film community and further development of the local film industry. This would give more local residents the opportunity to work in the high-paying film-related jobs. Over time, a majority of the jobs on each film production, including department heads, would be filled by State residents as opposed to out-of-state workers. And the training program, as proposed, would not cost the state a penny, but rather generate a surplus…

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


ISLAND FILM GROUP CELEBRATES SUCCESS OF “SOUL SURFER”

ISLAND FILM GROUP CELEBRATES SUCCESS OF “SOUL SURFER”

 

 

Island Film Group encourages legislators, community leaders to support film industry tax credit measure now before Hawaii State Legislature

 

 

 

Island Film Group, the Honolulu-based production company behind Soul Surfer – directed by Sean McNamara and starring AnnaSophia Robb, Dennis Quaid, Helen Hunt, Carrie Underwood and Hawaii’s own Sonya Balmores – is celebrating the ongoing box office success of the film….

 

Soul Surfer is the latest in a string of successful productions filmed in Hawaii and produced by Island Film Group. Since its founding in 2007, Island Film Group has played a major role in the development of Hawaii’s film industry, producing film and television projects such as Beyond the Break, Special Delivery, Deadly Honeymoon and Princess Ka’iulani

 


Island Film Group is working to educate the public, as well as community leaders, on the benefits of supporting Hawaii’s burgeoning film industry. Presently, a measure to increase film industry tax credits, which are designed to attract major productions to Hawaii, is working its way through the legislative process. Although the industry recently lost Hawaii’s investment tax credit, measure SB318 SD2 HD2 could increase tax credits for productions on Oahu and the neighbor islands, currently 15 percent and 20 percent respectively…

 

 

Currently, an estimated 42 states provide incentives to the film industry. However, many states offer greater incentives than Hawaii, such as Alaska with a tax credit of up to 44 percent…

 

 


According to Ricardo Galindez, co-founder of Island Film Group, Hawaii’s film industry has flourished faster and more successfully than many others in recent years. Hawaii’s film industry, in particular, has the power to become a major long-term employer…

 


“When a film or television production selects a community for filming, it has a far-reaching impact that can last for decades,” said Galindez. “Apart from the hard dollars these productions spend in communities on hotels, permitting, transportation, restaurants and services, many local professionals get new opportunities to work. Carpenters, electricians, caterers, painters, make-up artists, costumers, healthcare providers, translators, location scouts, drivers, greensmen and many more: Literally, a breath-taking range of occupations benefit directly through both short- and long-term employment”…

 

 


About 1,060 Hawaii residents, including 740 extras, worked on the production of Soul Surfer, which as of Monday, April 25 had earned almost $30 million at the box office…

 


“When the industry establishes itself in a region, skilled professionals are in-demand on a constant basis,” said Roy Tjioe, co-founder, Island Film Group. “Moreover, the industry fuels job creation in the fields of production and post-production, such as editing, special effects, animation and sound. Over the course of time, skilled workers can depend on consistent employment across many productions, just as they do in major centers such as Los Angeles and New York. Vancouver, Canada had relatively little production twenty years ago, but after tax credit legislation was enacted, productions flocked there. It has since become a major player in production and post-production…

 

 


What does a growing film industry mean for Hawaii’s economy? While productions pay State sales tax on a variety of goods and services ranging from hotels to equipment rentals, local wage earners also pay State income taxes and contribute to the community. In addition, production companies pay payroll taxes (including unemployment taxes) for these employees…

 

 


In today’s economy, many states are looking to reduce or eliminate film industry tax credits. Galindez and Tjioe believe this is extremely shortsighted. By reducing film industry tax credits, States might save money in the short-term, but it will certainly curtail the potential for establishing a thriving industry…

 

 


“In Hawaii, we’re looking at an industry that has the power to employ thousands of residents in skilled, creative and well-paying jobs for years to come,” continued Tjioe. “What other viable, clean industries are expanding in Hawaii? At a time when we compete on a global level for every job, it makes no sense to discourage growth in an industry that creates meaningful employment in Hawaii”…


 

 

 

 

 

“HAWAII FIVE-0” RETURNS FOR A 2ND SEASON!

“HAWAII FIVE-0” RETURNS FOR A 2ND SEASON!

 

 

 

 

 

 

THAT’S A WRAP!

 

 

 

THE POLICE DRAMA IS SOLD BY CBS TELEVISION DISTRIBUTION TO CABLE NETWORK TNT FOR A REPORTED $2 MILLION-PLUS AN EPISODE

 

 

 

 

In a message to the Hawaii Five-0 cast and crew today on the last day of filming, executive producer Peter M. Lenkov thanked them for “your hard work that has made this show such a great success”…Lenkov ended the message saying “See you in July” which is when filming of season two begins…

 

 

 

Filming of this 24th episode today in downtown called “Oia’I’o” co stars Jean Smart, as Hawaii’s governor Pat Jameson; Kelly Hu as Laura Hills; Mark Dacascos as Wo Fat; and Larisa Oleynik as Jenna Kaye, McGarrett’s growing love interest…The episode will air in May during sweeps week…

 

 

The deal distribution deal between CBS and TNT begins on TNT in fall 2014…According to published reports, the deal also includes digital rights so that TNT can provide the show on demand and online to its subscribers via Time Warner’s TV Everywhere initiative….

 

 

Hawaii Five-0 is the top-rated new drama among adults 18-49.  Overall, Hawaii Five-0 is ranked 22nd, averaging 12 million viewers. Among adults 18-49, Hawaii Five-0 ranks 32nd, with a 3.3 rating/9 share average…

 

Hawaii Five-0 stars Alex O’Loughlin, Scott Caan, Daniel Dae Kim and Grace Park. It’s produced by K/O Paper Products and 101st Street Television in association with CBS Productions, and it was created, developed and executive produced by Alex Kurtzman, Peter M. Lenkov and Roberto Orci…

 

Meanwhile, Monday’s episode “Ho’opa’i” – Hawaiian for Close to Heart – shows what happens when a crime lord moves against the family of an undercover NYPD detective named Reggie Cole who infiltrated his organization, That NYPD detective is Sean Combs aka P. Diddy (below with Alex O’Loughlin)…And it’s up to Five-0 to stop the policeman from exacting revenge.

 

 


 

 

 

 


 

 


 

 


 

 

PIRATES 4 MAY SET SAIL FOR CANNES

PIRATES 4 MAY SET SAIL FOR CANNES

 

 

CONGRATULATIONS TO ISLAND FILM GROUP RICK GALINDEZ AND ROY TJIOE, PRODUCERS OF THE RECENTLY RELEASED SOUL SURFER

 

 

 

 

 

 

Good news for Hawaii. It looks like Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides which filmed primarily on Oahu and Kauai, will be shown at the Cannes Film Festival after its May 7 world premiere at Disneyland. The Johnny Depp starrer will be the first entry to play the French festival…

 

 

 

 

No previous Pirates film has screened at Cannes…The launch is May 18 in various overseas territories, including France, before opening May 20 in the United States. The Cannes Film Festival runs May 11-22…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Salty Dog Sportfishing Hawai’i makes its television debut nationally, regionally and statewide in April and May.  The series makes its national debut on Friday, April 29 on Versus, now part of the NBC Sports Group.  It premiered on CSS Sports (Cable Sports Southeast) on Saturday, April 2.  On Wednesday, May 4, OC16 welcomes the series to their statewide lineup…

 

Salty Dog Sportfishing Hawai’i is a 30-minute, 13-episode series that follows the Lattof family of Kona, Hawai’i and Orange Beach, Alabama in their pursuit of large Pacific blue marlin aboard the Salty Dog off the Island of Hawai’i.

 

“This show is about Kona, for Kona, by Kona,” says series producer/director Mason Farish.  “There’s never before been…a national series where every episode was shot exclusively on the Island of Hawai’i or in Kona. Everything is done here – from shooting to editing to closed captioning”…

 

 

Each episode combines exhilarating fishing action with history of the sport, marlin science, proven angling techniques, cutting-edge graphics, Hawaiian culture, the spirit of aloha and ohana, plus the beauty of Hawai’i.  Underwater, aerial, chase boat, and multiple on-boat HD cameras capture the fishing action from all angles.

 

 

Marlin Science segments, hosted by Andrew West, Ph.D., cover topics such as the anatomy, migration, life cycle, behavior and conservation of the Pacific blue marlin. Grander Moment segments share the captivating stories of legendary Kona captains who have caught granders (marlin weighing 1000 lbs. or more) in Hawaiian waters…

 

Executive Producer Capt. Mitch Lattof grew up on the docks of Trent Marina, which was built by his grandparents in Orange Beach, AL in the late 50s.  He was researching big game fishing by the age of 9 years old (when he caught his first blue marlin) and knew then that he needed to get to Kona to learn from the best…

 

Capt. Mitch’s sister Ashton is the featured angler of the series. In 2008, she caught her largest fish to date, a  748 lb. Pacific blue marlin on the Salty Dog here in Kona with Capt. Mitch…

 

Regina Farish is producer and marketing coordinator for the series…Season Two of Salty Dog Sportfishing Hawai’i will begin filming in May.  Seasons 1 and 2 will be seen on Versus and OC16 through spring of 2012…Versus is seen locally in Hawaii on Oceanic Time Warner Cable channels 210 and 1210 (HD). The series will air every Friday at 8:30 a.m. HT…CSS Sports reaches over 6 million subscribers in 13 U.S. states (Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia).  CSS Sports will air Salty Dog Sportfishing Hawai’i will air Saturdays and Mondays at 9 a.m.ET…OC16 airs the series on Wednesdays at 9:30 p.m., Thursdays at 1 p.m. and  3:30 a.m., Fridays at 9 p.m., Saturdays at 1:00 p.m. & 3 a.m. and Mondays at 3 p.m…

 

 

For more information on sponsorship opportunities, contact Regina Farish at 808-329-1655 or farishmedia@hawaii.rr.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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“HAWAII FIVE-O” WRAPS THURSDAY; “SOUL SURFER” TAKES 4TH AT BOX OFFICE!

“HAWAII FIVE-O” WRAPS THURSDAY; “SOUL SURFER” TAKES 4TH AT BOX OFFICE!

 

 

 

 

 

SECOND SEASON FILMING EXPECTED TO BEGIN EARLY JULY

ANNOUNCEMENT COULD BE MADE TOMORROW NIGHT


 

CBS hit series Hawaii Five-0 wraps its 24th episode Oiaio – which means truth – on Thursday at Aliiolani Hale on King Street…Although no official announcement about the show’s return for season two has been made by the network, that could happen tomorrow night at a special, private event at the MorimotoWaikiki restaurant at the Waikiki Edition hotel…Chef Morimoto, who appears in the episode that airs tomorrow at 9 p.m. as himself, is hosting the 8:30 p.m. reception for the show’s cast and executives…Another guarantee that Five-0 is returning is that headquarter’s set at Aliiolani Hale will be set up at the Advertiser stage…

 

An explosion scene done at Sand Island on Saturday is another highlight of Oiaia….

 

Preproduction for Five-0′s second season will begin in June with filming in early July…According to CBS, the production has spend more than $40 million on Oahu for season one…

 

The Five-0 wrap party is being held from 5-9 p.m. today at Jimmy Buffett’s at the Beachcomber’ Waikiki restaurant…

 

 

 

 

 

There are some major surprises in this last episode involving all key cast members, including Scott Caan’s (above at Laniakea) character and his on screen ex wife…There’s also a chicken skin scene between Daniel Dae Kim‘s character (below) Chin Ho Kelly and Sgt. Lukela played by Dennis Chun, son of the original series’ Chin Ho Kelly, Kam FongFive-0‘s Hawaii governor character played by Jean Smart also involves a major plot twist…

 

 


 

 

 

 

 


 


 

 

 

In a major surprise in box office grosses this weekend is the Bethany Hamilton biopicSoul Surfer doing far better than expected….The Hawaii-based bio-pic grossed about an $11.1 million from 2,214 locations to come in fourth place, thanks to teen girls and their moms, as well as faith-based audiences…The film cost about $18 million to produce…

 

Soul Surfer, which was years in development, is distributed by Sony’s TriStar and marketed by FilmDistrict…According to CinemaScore, 56 percent of the audience was under the age of 25 — a demo that’s been missing from theaters — while 80 percent of those buying tickets were female…“There’s a lot of love for this film,” Sony president of distribution Rory Bruer said.

 

Soul Surferestars AnnaSophia RobbHelen Hunt and Dennis Quaid, and features Carrie Underwood (shown above) in her film debut…

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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