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A recent study proves Hollywood's contention that runaway film production has been great for Canada and bad for the United States. While US producers and workers are divided over what to do, all agree that Canada is "buying away" their industry with tax credits and other forms of government subsidy. We look at the battle over runaway film production, and consider whether the US should try to compete with Canada's industry subsidies or fine US companies that collect them. We look at how one industry group is lobbying Washington, and talk to local Congressman Howard Berman and to the Consul General of Canada.
  • Newsmaker: California Legislature Returns for an Unusual Year
    This week as the Legislature returns to Sacramento, it confronts the Herculean task of juggling a myriad of state programs and a sizeable budget crisis. Dan Walters, political columnist for The Sacramento Bee, sympathizes with lawmakers who face a difficult "division of negatives" in dealing with repayment of six billion dollars in energy debt.

State of California

The Sacramento Bee

Center for Entertainment Industry Data and Research

Motion Picture Association of America

Film and Television Action Committee

GATT Treaty

Independent Film and Television Production Incentive Act (HR 3131)

International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees

NAFTA Treaty

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Frances Anderton

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