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Film Reno Tahoe, a division of the Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority (RSCVA), will hosta series of free panel discussions on Thursday, November 14, 2013 at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center, for local businesses (lumber yards, security companies, antique malls, dry cleaners, sign shops, discount stores, furniture rental, etc.), hotels (from limited service to casino resorts), and those individuals with current experience – or future interest – in working in film and television production. Anyone who is interested in the projected growth of the film and television industry in Washoe County is invited to attend these free informational presentations.


The specialized panels will each explain SB165, the new Nevada film and television production incentive that Film Reno Tahoe helped write and get passed during the state’s last legislative session. A group of entertainment industry experts from Hollywood and Nevada will then help each group of attendees understand what it takes to be “film friendly,” in their respective areas, once Film Reno Tahoe and the Nevada Film Office’s sales and marketing efforts start bringing productions here after January 1, 2014.   


The panels will begin at 10:30 a.m. on November 14 with a session for local businesses that want to learn if there is a potential role for them in the film industry (past experience shows that there is opportunity for a wide variety of retail and specialized service providers.) There will be a second panel at 1:30 p.m. for the hospitality industry, discussing the unique needs and demands of long term crew housing. The third and final panel of the day begins at 4:30 p.m., and will focus on individuals who currently work, or would like to work, in film and television production. Panels will be held in meeting room D3, inside the Reno-Sparks Convention Center. Free parking is available.


The panels will be moderated by RSCVA President and CEO Christopher Baum, and will be made up of experienced entertainment industry professionals, including Tim Moore, Executive Producer at Clint Eastwood’s Malpaso Productions; Marco Cordova, Vice President of Entertainment Partners; Maggie Preciado, Operations Manager, Gala Catering; Brian O’Neill, Location Manager, Sony/Screen Gems; Valerie Sharp, Production Supervisor, Sony/Screen Gems; Sacha Picerno, Business Agent, IATSE Local 363; Ed Harran, Interim Director of the Nevada Film Office; and Jeff Spilman, film and television Producer and Film Liaison for Film Reno Tahoe.

According to Baum, “The RSCVA’s Film Reno Tahoe division helped create and pass this new film and TV incentive legislation, and we have been proactively educating Hollywood studios and production companies on the many benefits of shooting their future projects in Northern Nevada ever since. Scheduling these informational panels to update the local business community on where we are and where we are going in film and television production is the next logical step in the process.”


The panels will be held the day after Baum, Spilman and Ken Koser, Film Reno Tahoe’s Production Coordinator, return from sponsoring the Producers Forum held on November 9-12 during the annual American Film Market in Santa Monica, where they will have access to more than 300 vetted film producers with millions of dollars of potential business for Reno Tahoe.

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