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Economic Downturn: Follow-up

Well, I hate to rub it in, but even the LA Times and the Hollywood Reporter are backing me up on my article (Economic Downturn and the Film Biz, posted Sunday 4-12-09) about the shocking lack of work in the film industry over the past ten months.  Our friends over at FilmLA have compiled data for the first quarter of 2009, and film production is down a whopping 56% from a year ago.  Here is yesterday’s article from the Hollywood Reporter (ARTICLE), and here is today’s article from the LA Times (ARTICLE).  Oy gevalt!  Let’s hope that things start to improve now, and that we are all working again very soon.

–KMB

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