MPAU Update – April
April 17, 2014
Greetings MPAU Members,
Hope this finds members of the Utah film community enjoying spring. I am pleased to provide you with the following update:
1. With the end of the 2014 Legislative session, the film incentive program has survived but not without challenges. There is a movement to put HB99 before the body for review each session. Now more than ever, our community needs support. We need to be diligent in educating and enlightening our Legislative leaders regarding the positive impact of film, TV and commercials to our economy.
2. For the first time in many years, we have extinguished the MPIF for this fiscal year. In July, with another $6.8 million in our fund, we look forward to the new projects beginning including an AMC series pilot. Please continue to check the Utah Film Commission website for details at film.utah.gov.
3. Membership numbers are up but we still need your continued membership as well as that of your friends and fellow crew members. You can very easily join or renew at mpau.org.
4. Following the tragic production accident in Georgia, many of you have held open and/or private discussions regarding safety on set. I am proud to say that over the last 25+ years of my film experience here in Utah that we have been very cautious of set safety and there have been no major incidents. If you have safety concerns on set, please feel free to contact me and I will address with the appropriate parties.
5. Finally, we’ll have a summer forum/barbeque in July, date to be announced next month, to discuss leadership and direction in the industry, set safety and reacquaint ourselves with the members of this great community.
Utah is such a great place to live and work. The MPAU Board is happy to serve and we look forward to your input in July.
Jeff T. Miller
President – Motion Picture Association of Utah