Tuesday, January 31, 2012

New Hampshire Production Coalition launches

Contact: Timothy T. Egan
617-201-6462 or tegan@moodystreetpictures.com

NH Film Industry Boosted with Creation of “NH Production Coalition”

In late November a new political voice was heard when nearly 100 of New Hampshire’s leading entertainment and communications professionals gathered for the first official meeting of the New Hampshire Production Coalition (NHPC). Hosted by the law firm of Sheehan Phinney Bass + Green at their offices in Manchester, the Coalition launched itself as a trade organization focused on being legislatively active to create a stronger business climate for those making a living and growing businesses related in the entertainment, media, arts and communications fields.

The goal of the New Hampshire Production Coalition is to support, bolster and grow the film/TV/digital production industry in the state by: advocating for the passage of viable and nationally competitive production tax incentive legislation; partnering with the state’s diverse business community in all aspects of the production process; and promoting the significant contribution the industry makes to the state’s creative economy.

The NHPC was proud to announce the organizations founding members, made up of a cross section of industry leaders and experts. The founding members include: Joyce Cardoza – International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE local195); Paul Durham - Sheehan Phinney Bass + Green; Timothy Egan - National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS/New England); Debra Franchi – HHGProductions; Kathy Longsderff - New England Models Group; Buzz Mclaughlin – Either/Or Films; and former Red River Theatres Director Connie Rosemont. The founding team will confer with Matt Newton, head of the NH Film & TV Office and Van McLeod, Commissioner of the state’s Department of Cultural Resources.

At the inaugural November meeting, SPB+G’s newly renovated conference center was filled to capacity with filmmakers, television and new media producers, union representatives, technical crew members, writers, artists, designers, actors and a wide variety of other creative professionals including a number of lawyers and CPAs. Commenting on the meeting, founding member Tim Egan said, “Everyone was inspired, enthusiastic and motivated. It made for a great initial gathering and should serve to remind us all of the abundant entertainment and media industry talent and resources we have based right here in New Hampshire and the exciting potential for growth the industry has within our borders.”

About The NH Production Coalition
The New Hampshire Production Coalition is cross sections of arts & media business owners, independent creatives, communications professionals, organized labor and entertainment industry suppliers who are unified to support, bolster and grow the film/TV/digital production industry in the state by: advocating for the passage of viable and nationally competitive production tax incentive legislation; partnering with the state’s diverse business community in all aspects of the production process; and promoting the significant contribution the industry makes to the state’s creative economy.

www.NHproductioncoalition.org