The mayor of Los Angeles says New Zealand and other countries are taking film and television work from Hollywood, prompting him to declare a “state of emergency”.
Eric Garcetti was elected in May and says the city’s pre-eminence in the entertainment industry is under pressure from other US cities as well New Zealand, the UK, Australia and Canada.
The Guardian says film and television production is “haemorrhaging” from its traditional home and he is going to try to attract more film and TV to LA.
Garcetti ‘s campaign was backed and largely funded by members of the entertainment industry, the Guardian says. He told Variety he would introduce a Hollywood “tsar” to “fight a lot of fights”.
“If we don’t put a lot of strength toward winning a couple of battles in this war, we are just going to continue to be left behind on the battlefield.”