Message From Our Chairman
Those who attended the very successful event in Philadelphia last week can join me in attesting to PaFIA’s continued presence in Pennsylvania. PaFIA is a strong organization that continues to be valuable to its members and the industry in this great state.
As our Board of Directors work hard to build membership and corporate sponsorship, the enthusiasm of our members fuels yet another movement to educate and inform our legislators on the importance of film & TV. The dedication of our members to the development of their craft in Pennsylvania empowers PaFIA’s Board to speak on behalf of the industry as a whole and tackle the challenge to keep the Film Tax Incentive alive in the coming year. As PaFIA continues to grow as an organization and as a respected voice in Harrisburg, we will continue to serve as the premier representative of our industry and our members in Pennsylvania.
Sincerely, David Haddad
Chairman, Pennsylvania Film Industry Association
Message from PaFIA's Board of Directors
Dear PaFIA Members and Friends,
Over the past weekend, the Wall Street Journal reported that the North Carolina legislature had voted to end the state's film incentive program. Lawmakers were quoted expressing a desire to cut one of the oldest and most successful film programs in the country and instead provide incentives for other industries in North Carolina. The Motion Picture Association of America has warned the state that it will lose thousands of jobs and hundreds of millions in spending on film productions. The state's Commerce Secretary is lobbying legislative leaders to keep a portion of the program intact, to no avail.
Our concern is that some members of the Pennsylvania film and television industry may have become complacent over the last several years because of our success in Harrisburg. In 2009, the PA Film Tax Credit was threatened with extinction. It was regarded as a pet project of the Governor and welfare for Hollywood. Through hard work, the PA Film Industry Association reversed these negative mindsets. The tax credit program is now viewed by members of the legislature from both parties as an effective economic development tool that is providing jobs and support for Pennsylvania's small business community. The debate this spring was not about whether to have a film tax credit program, but how to make it more effective. Some leaders felt that the program should be uncapped to realize its full potential for economic growth. All of the change in attitude toward the film program occurred during very difficult budget years for the Commonwealth; despite the reduction of many other programs statewide, the current film incentive program remained intact. Early reports on revenue for this fiscal year suggest that the Commonwealth's economy is still struggling-our work is not done in Pennsylvania.
As a result of PaFIA's work over the last several years, thousands of communications have occurred between members of the film industry and legislators. Regular meetings have occurred between PaFIA's officers and the Governor's office as well as the Department of Community and Economic Development. This work is consuming, tedious and difficult but it has certainly paid off. The big difference between the film programs in North Carolina and Pennsylvania is PaFIA. North Carolina does not have a strong organization that speaks on behalf of companies and residents in the state who depend on the film and television industry for their livelihood. There is no voice of the industry speaking to North Carolina legislators about the industry's jobs and the citizens who hold them.
Opponents of our program in Pennsylvania are currently being held at bay in Harrisburg. The intensity of PaFIA's campaign cannot lag or else our investment in the film tax credit program could come under the same threat that the North Carolina film and television Industry now faces. In order to meet our common goal of improving and expanding the tax credit program, the administration must continue to hear from PaFIA members whose daily lives are positively impacted by it. We have seen many successes, but there is no time to rest. Support for PaFIA has never been more critical. If you are not a member, join. We need your support now more than ever.
Pennsylvania Film Industry Association
Board of Directors
David Haddad, Ray Carballada, Diane Heery, Kevin McQuillan, Dave Bowers, David Raynor, Chelsea Danley, Brian Hartman, John Horell, Jeannee Josefczyk, Mike McCann, Helen McNutt, Nancy Moser, Missy Moyer, John Rusk, Katie Scott, Andrew Sliben, Heather Tassoni, Paul Williams, Justin Wineburgh
Join us for PaFIA’s fall social and mixer in a fun, casual setting. PaFIA members and non-members alike can take the night to mingle with like-minded Pennsylvanians and catch up on current news in the production world and with the tax incentive program.
Free Admission. Cash Bar. Free Appetizers!
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 8:00PM – 10PM
The Craft Bar at Morgan’s Pier – 221 North Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia, PA 19123<>br FREE Admission for PaFIA Members and Non-Members. Non-Members can join the evening of the event or become a PaFIA member by visiting www.pafia.org
and enjoy free admission to all of our events! Please register here
if you would like to attend this event.
As of Friday, September 13th Candace Kilstein will be moving on from her
role as Executive Director of PaFIA. As a board, we appreciate her time and
work toward our common goals. We wish her the best of luck in the future,
and will embrace the change as the beginning of a new chapter in PaFIA’s
growth as voice for our industry.
Message From PAFIA Chairman
Pictured left to right: Mike McCann, President MVM Associates; Robin Ross, PAFIA Lobbyist; Candace Kilstein, PAFIA Executive Director; Ray Carballada, President of ShootersINC; Governor Tom Corbett; David Haddad, President and Owner Haddad's Inc.; Diane Heery, CSA, Heery Casting; Tom Hill, CFO ShootersINC; Kevin McQuillan, Principal at The McQuillan Group
On July 23, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett and members of the PAFIA Executive Committee gathered at Shooters in Philadelphia. Over the course of our conversation with Governor Corbett, it became clear that he is very interested in our industry and in working with us to continue our growth. It is obvious to me that the Governor’s recognition of PAFIA as a leader in the Pennsylvania film industry is the result of the hard work of our organization’s members. Governor Corbett understands that the State’s budget difficulties have slowed the growth of the Pennsylvania film industry toward its full potential. He also recognized that the competition for film business among states is fierce, and that he is open to suggestions regarding how we can improve the program in our state. This is an opportunity for PAFIA to build upon the relationship we have established with Governor Corbett, his staff, and the Department of Community and Economic Development. We will continue to build our membership and intensify our work in Harrisburg with your help.
Pennsylvania Film Industry Association
President, Haddad's Inc.
Message From PAFIA Vice Chairman
On July 23, following the meeting of the PAFIA Executive Committee with Governor Corbett, I took the Governor on a tour of ShootersINC and its associated companies and had the opportunity to discuss with him what the film tax credit program has meant to ShootersINC as an example of what the program has done for the film industry in Pennsylvania. I told him that only about 10% of our business comes to us as a result of the film tax credit. However, this work enables us to invest in state of the art technology and talented employees which makes it possible for us to compete for non-tax credit work. I explained that film work drives the creative content industry by attracting talent and investment. We also discussed the immediate stimulus effect on the Pennsylvania economy of the film tax credit. The production companies have to spend their funds upfront, finish the film and undergo an audit before the tax credit is awarded. I told the Governor about my discussion with Senator Pileggi about uncapping the film tax credit. This discussion led to the study by the Independent Fiscal Office of an uncapped program and Sen. Pileggi’s legislation. I emphasized to the Governor that an uncapped program would not be a runaway budget expense with the proper guidelines and regulations administered by the Department of Community and Economic Development as it has been doing during his administration. It was clear that the Governor is frustrated by the fact that the state is not bringing in more revenue to enable to do more for our industry. It was gratifying to see the genuine interest and support that Governor Corbett has for the film industry.
Vice Chairman of PAFIA
GOVERNOR CUOMO ANNOUNCES EMPIRE VISUAL EFFECTS AND DAEMEN COLLEGE TO BRING VISUAL EFFECTS/POST-PRODUCTION HUB AND 150 NEW JOBS TO BUFFALOClick here to read the entire press release.
UNCAPPED FILM TAX CREDIT
PENNSYLVANIA FILM INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 10, 2013
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Senator Pileggi to Introduce Bill To "Uncap" Film Production Tax Credit. Click here to read Press Release.