For nearly a decade, Councilmember Paul Krekorian has fought hard for our government to do everything it can to preserve vital film and television jobs in Los Angeles and to stop runaway production. In 2009, he authored California's first successful film and TV production incentive package, aimed at keeping LA the creative capital of the world.
Krekorian recently chaired the City Council's Ad Hoc Committee on Film and TV Production Jobs, where he successfully lobbied for the state to pass an expanded tax incentive package for film and TV production, saving thousands of jobs and creating billions in local economic activity. Read Krekorian's Los Angeles Times Op-Ed supporting the new film tax incentive here. He has taken concrete steps to make Los Angeles more film friendly by extending a local tax incentive, waiving fees for filming at city-owned properties. Krekorian streamlined the permitting process and helped city departments find more efficient and effective ways to accommodate and assist filming. He now serves as Vice Chair of the City Council's newly created Entertainment and Facilities Committee.
As a strong advocate for the arts, Krekorian has authored measures to fund public art, protect LA's historic murals, prevent graffiti vandalism and preserve our city's diverse cultural heritage.
Krekorian also supports the next generation of filmmakers. He created the annual Los Angeles Student Film Festival, the only Southern California film festival featuring the work of high school students.