07/21/2021 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 07/21/2021 16:04
LOS ANGELES -The Entertainment Union Coalition, representing 163,000 members of the California IATSE Council, the Directors Guild of America, LiUNA! Local 724, SAG-AFTRA and Teamsters Local 399 today issued the following statement regarding Senate Bill 144:
'The 163,000 Members of the Entertainment Union Coalition thank Governor Newsom for his signature on Senate Bill 144 (Portantino) today. SB 144 enhances and improves the California Film and Television Tax Credit Program which since its inception has resulted in the creation of 156,000 below-the-line cast and crew jobs and has generated $18.4 billion in direct revenue for our State. SB 144 ensures that our members can remain working in California and that more productions will be able to shoot here for decades to come. The EUC also thanks our authors for their commitment: Senator Portantino, for working tirelessly on this issue from the beginning, and Assemblymembers Burke and Carrillo for their advocacy for new and stronger diversity and inclusion commitments, as work grows. Finally, we thank Senate Pro Tem Atkins and Assembly Speaker Rendon for ensuring SB 144 became a reality legislatively. California became the home to motion picture production over 100 years ago. Today, this bill, keeps that magic here.'