CT Film Industry Opposes Rell Budget

Just received this e-mail:

TO: Friends of the Connecticut Entertainment Industry
FR: Connecticut Production Coalition

The State of Connecticut is facing a $6 billion budget shortfall over the next two fiscal years, and lawmakers in Hartford are considering eliminating the film, television and digital media production tax credit as a way to help fill the gap.  That would be a big mistake.

We must tell the legislature that now is the time to diversify our economy by investing in new, permanent, green, globally competitive industries. We must end the over-reliance on the financial industry. THESE INCENTIVES CREATE REAL JOBS IN OUR STATE!

You can help… by adding your name to the Connecticut Production Coalition. The mission is to build the Connecticut film and digital media industries and save the tax credit. It is free and simple to join by going to: http://www.productionct.com/join-now-master.html

We want our State leaders to understand just how many people have been positively impacted by this program. CPC is already over 1000 strong!

Again, it is free to join and you can opt-out at any time. CPC will hold networking events, distribute quarterly newsletters, and act as an informational clearing house for the many people and businesses that serve the industry. Members will be able to share job opportunities, local production resources, and follow the rapid growth of the Industry.

With CPC, it is our goal to bring everyone together who has benefited or sees the opportunity to benefit in the future from this incentive. This is not just limited to those who work directly in the industry, but includes any person or business that services the industry. By unifying, we will be able to speak strongly of the important work that is being done to improve the State’s economy and create jobs.  Please pass this email on to anyone who you think would be interested in joining CPC.


Connecticut Production Coalition Mission Statement:
Together, we are committed to building a strong, robust and sustainable film, television and digital media industry in Connecticut. We come together on a nonpartisan basis to support and promote the value of this industry in Connecticut to markets worldwide, state lawmakers, the media, and other related industries.

On our website (www.productionct.com) you can find a Fact Sheet to give you more background, and a Coalition Resolution detailing the mission of CPC and its members.


We will keep you posted in the coming weeks as we issue statewide and targeted local press releases.

We hope that you will give serious consideration to joining the Connecticut Production Coalition, and again, please forward to friends and colleagues to urge them to join as well. Thank you from the founding members…

Kevin Segalla, Connecticut Film Center
Bruce Heller, Connecticut Film Center
Howard Baldwin, Baldwin Entertainment Group
Karen Baldwin, Baldwin Entertainment Group
Chris Campbell, Palace Digital Studios
Tom Carruthers, Connecticut Film Festival
Ephriam Cohen, The Fortex Group
Brandon Curiel, Venan Entertainment, Inc.
Donna Elkinson, Elkinson + Sloves, Inc.

A. Searle Field, United Studios of America
Andrew Gernhard, Synthetic Cinema International
Mike Kuhar, VisualEFX
John Lanza, Kostin, Ruffkess & Co, LLC
Fred Litty, Sonalysts Media Group
Al Maiorano, Televersemedia
Mark Osora, Sheptoff, Reuber & Co, P.C.
Jeff Taylor, Elements Post
Neal Thomassen, Angel Eyes Productions, llc
Ron Wishna, RM Studios, LLC

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