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Draft minutes of Michigan Film Office Advisory Council 13 June 2014

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Draft Minutes of MFOAC 13 June 2014
Proposed
MICHIGAN FILM OFFICE ADVISORY COUNCIL MINUTES
June 13, 2014
Michigan Economic Development Corporation
300 N. Washington Sq., Lansing, Michigan

1. Call to Order/Welcome from the Chairman

The meeting of the Michigan Film Office Advisory Council was called to order by Chairman Bill Ludwig at 10:02 a.m. A quorum was present with the following members: Bill Ludwig, Hopwood DePree, Marcia Fishman, Cal Hazelbaker, Richard Hert, J.D. Loeks, Terry Terry, Timothy Pietryga, Marc Prey, Joseph Voss, Brian Winn, and Margaret O’Riley (ex-officio, non-voting member). (Note that Sanford Nelson was not present)

Proposed
MICHIGAN FILM OFFICE ADVISORY COUNCIL MINUTES
June 13, 2014
Michigan Economic Development Corporation
300 N. Washington Sq., Lansing, Michigan

1. Call to Order/Welcome from the Chairman

The meeting of the Michigan Film Office Advisory Council was called to order by Chairman Bill Ludwig at 10:02 a.m. A quorum was present with the following members: Bill Ludwig, Hopwood DePree, Marcia Fishman, Cal Hazelbaker, Richard Hert, J.D. Loeks, Terry Terry, Timothy Pietryga, Marc Prey, Joseph Voss, Brian Winn, and Margaret O’Riley (ex-officio, non-voting member).
Chairman Bill Ludwig, welcomed everyone and thanked Hopwood DePree for the great opening night party.

2. Adoption of the Agenda
The members adopted the proposed agenda.

3. Adoption of the Minutes
The minutes from the April 23, 2014 MFOAC meeting were approved.

4. Introduction of Film Office and MEDC staff
Introductions of all of those in attendance. Margaret O’Riley introduced Amaya Gonzalez from the Michigan Film Office, and Michelle Grinnell from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.

5. Public Comments
a. Mark Adler was not present but sent an e-mail to be read. Terry Terry read the following statement on his behalf:
“For Public Comment:
Mark Adler Michigan Production Alliance Novi MI
I am sorry, I cannot attend this meeting today as I am, along with hundreds of other MI film crew, working on one of the many sets of the largest film project going in Michigan right now.

Please clarify in great detail the way the grant dollars just passed in the legislature will be promoted and used. I speak for many who are curious how this split of 25 million for next fiscal and 25 million ongoing will translate to growing and maintaining another revenue stream for economic development in the state.

Will the MFO continue to try and support a MIX of projects large and small, film, and TV?

Also, please clarify exactly what the 5% earmarked dollars within the program are for. It is my understanding that it is to promote more local game and app design, CGI and post production.”
Margaret O’Riley indicated that she will get to those points in her Director’s Report.

b. Lisa Shanley from South Haven Convention and Visitor’s Bureau CVB:

Lisa thanked everyone on behalf of the South Haven Convention and Visitor’s Bureau and expressed they are thrilled to have the Waterfront Film Festival (WFF) here in South Haven. She thanked the MFOAC for having their meeting in South Haven. They are proud to be one of the sponsors of the WFF. This is South Haven’s first year in launching a Pure Michigan campaign and working with MEDC to get the word out on South Haven as a tourist destination.

6. Director’s Report

Margaret O’Riley gave an overview of the Michigan Film and Digital Media production assistance program and Michigan Film Office activities:

Thanked members for attending the meeting. Thanked everyone in attendance and again introduced Amaya Gonzalez and Michelle Grinnell.

a. Project Status Review

i. In FY14 there were 29 applications received. The Film Office approved nine applications totaling $43,307,528 in incentives. This includes: Superman, Crash Course, 12 Monkeys, Eloise, Northern 48, The Middle Distance, Moontrap 2: Target Earth, The End of the Tour, and ISRA 88.
ii. An additional $15,982,204 in incentives for nine projects are currently pending.
iii. One project was denied, three projects have withdrawn, and seven projects are under review.
b. FY2014 Incentive Update

i. The current balance for funding is as follows:

Total: $9,202,917 (not counting the 7 projects that are under review)

1. Film: $3,265,401
2. Post-production: $5,187,516
3. Administrative: $750,000
ii. More than $228 million in private investment has been committed in FY14.
iii. More than 1,200 FTE’s have been created in FY2014.

c. Attraction Efforts

The budget was just passed this week and is currently awaiting signature. Once it is signed, a plan will be put together for the FY15 attraction efforts.

d. Film Festivals

i. The Michigan Film Office will continue to sponsor and attend film festivals including the Waterfront Film Festival this week and Traverse City Film Festival in July.
ii. We anticipate that MSU will work with the TCFF with an interactive event, as part of the festival.
Brian Winn – MSU is still working out the details for this interactive portion.

7. FY 2015 Film Promotion Fund Budget Update

The budget passed with $50 million for FY14. $25 million of that is identified as ongoing funding. The other $25 million of that is dedicated to one-time funding. This is the third year that MFO has $50 million for production, continuing Michigan’s reputation as an attractive plan for productions, attracting a mix of projects. MFO will continue to promote post production dollars as well.

In reference to the question during public comment, the law requires that 5% of our annual funding be set aside for post-production projects and expenditures, including sales and marketing of productions.

Discussion continued regarding clarifying of the $50 million split, and a question from Rick Hert regarding line items for promotion and administration in the budget bill. Margaret will review the budget line items and follow-up with Rick to answer his questions.

8. Finance Sub-Committee Update – Joe Voss

At the last MFOAC meeting, financing issues were discussed, and a sub-committee was appointed by the Chair. This was in response to public comments regarding what the MFO can do to help provide information on how to access capital for productions in Michigan. The Finance sub-committee is comprised of Joe Voss, Hopwood DePree, and Sanford Nelson. The committee met on June 3rd with Margaret O’Riley and Selam Ghirmai from the Michigan Film Office, and Mark Morante from MEDC.
The committee discussed different financing options available in Michigan today for movie productions. They also looked at existing MEDC structures on how they provide guidance and assistance to business customers who want to access capital. Currently, MEDC has a “capital locator” on their website, and the committee will explore if this too might be a useful resource for filmmakers, or if another tool might be more conducive.

This initial meeting was just the beginning of discussions. More details will be reported out as viable recommendations are finalized.

9. Special Guest Presenter: Producer Joel Potrykus, from Buzzard

Joe Voss introduced Joel Potrykus of Ape (2012) and Buzzard (2015). Joel Potrykus spoke about his experiences and love of film-making in Michigan. He gave an overview of his success and his interest in doing more films in Michigan in the future.

10. Welcome from the Waterfront Film Festival

Hopwood thanked everyone for coming to South Haven. A special thank you to Rick Hert from the West Michigan Film Office and to Michelle Grinnell from MEDC/Pure Michigan for their assistance. He thanked the MFO for being a sponsor to the WFF.

WFF began with a handful of volunteers and has grown over the past 16 years to make a significant economic impact to west Michigan. The goal was to bring the art of filmmaking to west Michigan. WFF is a non-profit and all proceeds go into next year’s film festival. Hopwood expressed how great it has been to be a part of that process and to work with the MFO.

11. Old Business

There were no items discussed under old business.

12. New Business

There were no items discussed under new business.

13. Adjournment

The meeting adjourned at 10:46 a.m. NEXT meeting 29 July 2014 in Traverse City.

Upcoming MFOAC Meetings

Michigan Film Office Advisory Council Meeting

Upcoming Meetings: Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Agenda: TBD

If you are an individual who needs special accommodation or arrangements at this meeting, please contact the Michigan Film Office (see below) as soon as possible, and before the date of the meeting, to notify us of the special assistance you may need.

Please call or write:

Michigan Film Office
Attention: Amaya Gonzalez
300 N. Washington Square – 2rd Floor
Lansing, Michigan 48913
Phone: (517) 373-3456