The China Film Group wants the studios to pay the tax but the studios say that the additional payment would violate a landmark World Trade Organization agreement reached last year between U.S. Vice President Joe Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping. PHOTOS: China Box Office: 10 Highest-Grossing Movies of All Time In almost any other circumstance, Hollywood studios would balk at allowing their movies to continue to be released in the country. But with China on track to become the largest moviegoing market in the world within the next five years, studios are reluctant to hold back product as they establish a long-term foothold. Insiders say MPAA chairman/CEO Chris Dodd is working on resolving the issue, although neither the MPAA nor any of the studios would officially comment because of the sensitive nature of the situation.
for London “If you across the country, the attitude toward incentives has started to reverse, and you have states like Michigan or Connecticut pulling themselves out of the game or pulling dollars,” he added. French predicted that the day is approaching when Louisiana or Georgia will surpass New York as a production hub. Not everyone is enamored with the credits. The non-profit advocacy group the Louisiana Budget Project estimates the state spent $231 million in 2011 on incentives and roughly $1 billion over the last decade — with little to show for it. “Film tax credits are a wonderful deal if you’re in the film business, but it hasn’t been a good deal for the state,” Jan Moller, director of the Louisiana Budget Project, told TheWrap. “Every dollar spent on film incentives is a dollar that can’t be spent on roads, on education, on health care or on any of the very important things that are being squeezed badly.” French counters that looking at the issue in this way fails to account for the amount of economic activity that film production inspires.
Hollywood workers get health care brought to them
And ear wax build-up. Because many workers use ear plugs on set, wax accumulates and causes pain and hearing problems. Craig Renwick, a 55-year-old South Pasadena resident who works on music licensing for the TV shows “Bones,” “Modern Family” and “How I Met Your Mother,” said he welcomes the convenience of Health Wheels. During the busy TV season, he can barely get away. FOR MORE INFORMATION Health Wheels travels to five studios around Los Angeles to provide health care to workers who don’t have time to see their doctors. Appointments are made 10 a.m.