Piya Sinha-Roy is a second year graduate student at USC's Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. A native of Surrey, England, Piya received her Bachelor's degree in English Literature from the University of Warwick. She has worked at The Guardian newspaper, InStyle Magazine and has interned at BBC LA, and has been reporting extensively on film, fashion and awards season in Hollywood. She will be focusing on the relationship between Hollywood and Washington D.C. Follow her on Twitter: @PiyaSRoy.
The film production industry in Los Angeles took a beating during the recent recession, not helped by the three-month writers' strike that started in late 2007 and cost the industry an estimated $2.1 billion.
As the film industry looks to regain some of that lost footing here in California, we could see an increase in lobbying efforts from the studios. The goal? Persuade state and local agencies to increase subsidies and tax breaks to filmmakers to keep them from straying to states that offer juicier handouts.
Here's a quick peek at the current landscape for film incentives.