Mayor Carolyn G. Goodman, State Senator Aaron Ford and the Nevada Film Coalition are holding three panel discussions with key representatives from the film industry on Thursday, Jan. 16, at Las Vegas City Hall council chambers located at 495 S. Main Street. The panels will take place at 10:30 a.m. (vendor panel), 1:30 p.m. (hospitality panel) and 4:30 p.m. (crew panel). Panelists will talk about business opportunities for the hospitality industry, vendors and potential film crews or those who hope to work on a film crew.
For the first time Nevada is offering a cinema tax incentive to draw more productions to the Silver State. A key goal is to not lose productions to other states that have been competitive in attracting major motion pictures. Businesses are invited to attend the sessions and learn about how to capitalize on film productions and tap into the lucrative industry. The panels will be moderated by Jeffrey Spilman with Bottomline Entertainment. Spilman also serves as the film liaison for the Film Reno Tahoe Division of the Reno/Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority and is co-author of the Nevada Film Incentive bill. Senator Aaron Ford was a sponsor of that bill, and he received support for its passage from Mayor Goodman and actor Nicolas Cage.
• Julie May, a principal with ITS Capital, a film finance company that will be financing the Nevada Incentive and working with casino resorts to facilitate purchasing the incentive.(Panels 1,2,3)
• Michael Williams, an experienced UPM/Line Producer. (Panels 1,2,3)
• Russ Nissen, former head of production incentives for 20th Century Fox and incentive specialist with Ease Entertainment, one of the three companies in North America that do payroll for film production and offer incentive consulting services. (Panels 2, 3)
• Glenn Gainor (tentative), president of Production at Sony Screen Gems (Panels 1,2,3)
• Randy Soltero, lobbyist for IATSE and co-author of the Nevada Film Incentive bill. (Panel 3)
• Joshua Pollack, President of Corporate and Strategic Partnerships for Relativity Media’s Global Brand Management. (Panels 1,3)
• Eric Preiss, director of the Nevada Film Office (Panels 1,2,3)
• Senator Aaron Ford, sponsor of the Nevada Film Incentive (Panels 1,3)
Sponsors for the panel discussions so far include Caesars Entertainment, the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE), J.R. Lighting, STA Consulting, Snell & Wilmer and Five Square Strategies.
Businesses needing more information about the panel discussions may contact the city’s Office of Communications at 229-2207.