By Rick Orlov, Contra Consta Times | February 25, 2009
Facing a sharp decline in the shooting of big-budget productions in Los Angeles, city officials are considering hiring a "film czar" to promote their interests with the multibillion-dollar entertainment industry.
Just three major films - those with budgets more than $75 million - are scheduled to be shot in L.A. this year, city officials said.
Michigan last year approved a lucrative package of incentives that includes cash refunds of 40 percent or more to studios that spend more than $50,000 on production in the state. Since then, the Michigan Film Office has approved incentives for 73 productions, compared to three in 2007.