MPAU Update – November
November 20, 2013
Dear MPAU Membership,
The end of the year report is as follows:
1. The MPAU Board recently met with legislative leaders and GOED. They recommend that we stay with our current program for another year and let the positive statistics speak for themselves in 2014.
2. Governor Herbert honored Robert Redford at a black-tie event at the Grand America for his contributions to film in Utah and around the world. The Governor remains supportive of the film industry and its positive impact to the Utah economy.
3. Raleigh Studios is now an independent venture called Park City Film Studios. They recently broke ground on utilities and roads.
4. Charlie Evans, our lobbyist, will continue to keep us relevant during the upcoming session and will continue to enlighten new legislative members as to the significance and economic impact of our industry to the State.
5. The Utah Film Commission is currently focused on attracting series work to the State and the MPAU is assisting them in this effort. We will provide updates as progress is made in the months to come.
6. At the latest Motion Picture Advisory Committee (MPAC) meeting, several new projects were approved for the incentive. Please check the Utah Film Commission hotline and website for more information as these projects move into production at film.utah.gov.
I am grateful for all of the outstanding people that continue to make a living in our industry. Film, television, print and commercials continue to advertise all of the beautiful benefits of living in Utah.
You and your support of the film incentive are the sole reason for the majority of the work that has come to Utah over the past 12 months. You all are the reason that the majority of prospects for 2014 continue to entertain Utah as a film destination. Your membership fees directly ensure that the film incentive continues and that the Utah Legislators support our efforts.
If your membership is up for renewal, please visit our website at http://mpau.org/join-or-renew/ to renew online. The MPAU Board members will be available to answer any questions at the Utah Film Commission Industry Luncheon on Thursday, December 5.
The MPAU Board thanks you for all of your support and I hope in turn you appreciate their continued support of the industry on your behalf.
I wish you and your families a safe and happy holiday season.
Jeffrey T. Miller
MPAU Board President