Thursday, June 12, 2008

State promotional initiatives and the New Hampshire film industry

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Many people don’t realize that there is a New Hampshire law on the books (RSA 21-Q:1) stating that, in consultation with the New Hampshire Film Commission, a state agency that contracts with the private sector for the use of film or video in an advertising, promotional, or educational program shall use New Hampshire talent whenever possible. In this RSA, "New Hampshire talent'' means the people used both in front of and behind the camera. The New Hampshire Film and Television Office is currently having discussions with various state agencies about their promotional initiatives and encouraging them to reach out to in-state production companies when media projects are put out to bid. The Film and Television Office has been speaking with both state agencies and their contracted creative firms about contacting the Office when a project goes out to bid so that a list of New Hampshire production companies can be provided to them and the information on the Request For Proposals can be passed along to the state’s film and television industry. So far, the response from state agencies has been positive and those involved have expressed interest in cooperating with the Film and Television Office in an effort to include New Hampshire companies in the bid process. More information coming soon.