How many more studies do we need before decision-makers decide to take additional bold steps to ensure that California remains the film capital of the world? How many times does a message have to be sent before it resonates and rivets action?

Several studies which focus on runaway film and television production and California’s response to ramped up competition from other states and nations have been rolled out in the last several years, most recently Milken Institute’s study, “Fighting Production Flight:  Improving California’s Filmed Entertainment Tax Credit Program” released last week.    Predecessor studies include those undertaken by the LAEDC and UCLA’s Institute for Research on Labor & Employment along with The Headway Project, among others.

Several messages have evolved out of these studies and industry resources.

Enough studies.  The messages are clear.  Are they getting through to Sacramento?  Maybe.  Hopefully, yes.  What happens is anyone’s guess.