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Old June 30th 04, 11:38 PM
Bob Crantz
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Default End the Monopoly!!

Cut Hollywood down to size! Diversity in film making!


Filmmakers Want U.S. to Protect Their Jobs
Wed Jun 30, 2004 01:32 PM ET

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. cinematographers and other film industry workers
have asked the Bush administration to take action against Canadian,
Australian and other government filmmaking subsidies that they say have
lured away tens of thousands of jobs.
"We have been harmed by runaway production of films, videos and television
shows that are being made in foreign countries because of ... unfair trade
practices," the Film and Television Action Committee said in comments filed
this week with the Commerce Department's Unfair Trade Practices Task Force.

The Bush administration created the new task force as part of an initiative
aimed at helping the U.S. manufacturing sector, which has lost nearly 3
million jobs since 2000. The panel is supposed to actively root out "unfair"
foreign trade practices to keep jobs in the United States.

"We are asking that the Unfair Trade Practices Task Force address these
(foreign film) subsidies as one of its first priorities," FTAC said. "The
elaborate subsidy programs of Canada and other countries constitute
extensive unfair trade practices that have damaged domestic interests in the
amount of billions of dollars."

FTAC is supported by the Screen Actors Guild, various technical film workers
unions and "tens of thousands of rank and file entertainment workers"
according to its Web site. Unions representing cinematographers and other
theatrical workers also asked separately for the Bush administration to
crack down on "runaway" film production.

The groups charged the Canadian federal and provincial governments with
offering a wide array of subsidies to encourage film and television
production in Canada. They also accused Australia of offering "lavish" tax
breaks and other incentives to entice movie production.

The success of those countries has encouraged many European countries, as
well as Brazil, Iceland, New Zealand and South Africa, to offer similar
incentives, FTAC said.

The Unfair Trade Practices Task Forces also heard from an assortment of
other U.S. industries -- ranging from potatoes to steel -- demanding action.
Many of those complaints were directed at China, which ran a record $124
billion trade surplus with the United States in 2003.