Hollywood Business Advocate - Official Publication of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce

The Weekly Online Publication of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce

December 6, 2016




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The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce is always actively looking out for the interests of our members and promoting Hollywood. Here are a few of our activities from last week::

Ghouls and goblins dressed up for the family-friendly fun at the Foundation's All Hallow's Eve Party. Photo by Coltrane Powdrill
At the 2016 State of the Entertainment Industry Conference. From left: Doug Troy, Dr Fariba Kalantari, Drew Barrymore, Sharon Keyser, Ted Sarandos, and Victor Coleman. Photo by Michael Germana

More than 350 people attended the 5th annual State of the Entertainment Industry Conferenceat Loew’s Hollywood Hotel.  Ted Sarandos, chief content officer at Netflix, was presented with the “Commitment to California” Award.  More than six months of planning went into presenting our members with an outstanding conference featuring some of the top experts in the entertainment industry and great networking.

Director Lee Daniels received the 2,595th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.  On hand to help him celebrate were actors Queen Latifah, Gabourey Sidibe, and Jussie Smollett.   The Chambers constant presentation of Walk of Fame ceremonies helps drive tourist visits to the film capital and generates dollars for our businesses.

The Hollywood Chamber Political Action Committee met and began planning its activities for 2017.

The Entertainment, Arts, and Media Committee (TEAM) met and heard presentations from the Actors Fund on their proposed Hollywood Artists apartment project, from the Museum of Broken Relationships, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibits (LACE), and from the Escape Hotel.

Chamber President Leron Gubler attended an open house at the Salvation Army and urged the organization to hold monthly meetings with neighboring property owners to discuss issues concerning their planned nightly homeless feeding program.

Hollywood Chamber Calendar

Wednesday, December 7th, 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. - Healthcare Committee Working Lunch - Register
Thursday, December 8th, 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. - Legislative Action Committee - Register
Thursday, December 15th, 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. - Ryan Reynolds Walk of Fame Star - WATCH LIVE

REGISTER FOR AN EVENT: hollywoodchamber.net/events • SUBMIT YOUR EVENT: hollywoodchamber.net/myevent


Chamber Discussed Global Hollywood, Honored Ted Sarandos at the 2016 State of the Entertainment Industry Conference

Ghouls and goblins dressed up for the family-friendly fun at the Foundation's All Hallow's Eve Party. Photo by Coltrane Powdrill
Actor Drew Barrymore presented Ted Sarandos of Netflix the Chamber's Commitment to California Award

The fifth annual State of the Entertainment Industry Conference, presented by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce and Variety discussed the topic of “Global Hollywood” at Loews Hollywood Hotel on Wednesday, November 30th. “Our planning committee has put together the most comprehensive program on the issues and opportunities affecting this industry,” said Leron Gubler, President & CEO of the Hollywood Chamber. “We are delighted with the high caliber of speakers and public officials at the conference this year.”

Event co-chairs this year were Sharon Keyser, Senior VP, Real Estate Government & Community Relations for Paramount Pictures and Doug Troy, COO and CFO for Trailer Park. Producer Vin Di Bona returned once again as emcee of the event.

The conference opened with a greeting from Mitch O’Farrell, Los Angeles City Councilmember representing Hollywood. A special one-on-one interview on “The State of the Music Industry” was conducted between Zach Katz, President, U.S. Repertoire & Marketing, BMG Entertainment and Andrew Barker, Senior Features Writer of Variety. Fariba Kalantari, DDS, Chair of the Hollywood Chamber Board presented to Michelle Jubelirer Chief Operating Officer of Capitol Music Group a recognition plaque for Capitol Records marking the 75th anniversary of the legendary recording company.

A panel discussed “Hollywood Without Borders: The Global Entertainment Industry.” Debra Birnbaum, Executive Editor, Television of Variety moderated. Panelists included David Eilenberg, President, ITV Entertainment; Michael Grindon, President of Worldwide Distribution, Legendary TV; Dana Goldberg, Chief Creative Officer, Skydance Media; Jason Goldberg, Chief Creative Officer, Digital and New Media Group, STX Entertainment; and Michael Kagan, Founding Partner, ICM Partners. Senator Ben Allen representing the 26th District provided legislative updates related to the entertainment industry.

A spotlight conversation including Amy Lemisch, Executive Director of the California Film Commission, and Paul Audley, President of FilmL.A., Inc, and Actor Jon Huertas was held on the successful rollout of the State’s new film incentives, with information on what comes next.

Victor Coleman, Founder, CEO & Chairman of Hudson Pacific Properties welcomed Netflix to Hollywood. Actress Drew Barrymore from the upcoming Netflix series, “Santa Clarita Diet” presented The Commitment to California Award to Ted Sarandos, Chief Content Officer, Netflix. The conference finished with an interview with Sarandos conducted by Andrew Wallenstein, Co-Editor in Chief, Variety

A host of businesses have lined up to support and sponsor the conference. In addition to presenting sponsor Variety, the Platinum Luncheon Sponsor was the Hollywood Museum in the Historic Max Factor Building. Breakfast sponsors include: Iron Mountain Entertainment Services, Loews Hollywood Hotel, Marvel, Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Trailer Park and Vin Di Bona Productions / FishBowl Worldwide Media. Gold level sponsors include: California I.A.T.S.E Council, Deluxe Entertainment Services Group, FilmL.A., Inc., First Entertainment Credit Union, Harman Press, Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, Hudson Pacific Properties, Meruelo Media, and Skydance Media. Silver level sponsors include: APM Music, AT&T, Capitol Music Group, Comcast|NBCUniversal, Emerson College Los Angeles, Gensler, Hilton Los Angeles / Universal City, Hollywood American Legion Post #43, The MBS Group, Occidental Entertainment Group Holdings, Paramount Contractors & Developers, Providence St. Joseph Medical Center, SAG-AFTRA, W Hollywood Hotel & Residences, and The Walt Disney Company. Additional supporters include Mole-Richardson and NewFilmmakers Los Angeles. View photos.

Attend the Regional Forum Planned by LA County's Local Workforce Development Board in Hollywood

The seven local Workforce Development Boards (WDBs) within Los Angeles County are organizing a series of community forums across the County to gather input for the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Regional Plan that is being co-developed by all seven WDBs in the County. They are conducting public meetings to gather information to understand how to better serve the job seeker communities and employers of Los Angeles and LA County. This is part of a new federal and state requirement under the U.S. Department of Labor Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act funds. These funds operate the networks of WorkSource Centers, America's Job Centers of California and the YouthSource Youth Centers which serve job seekers, laid off workers, youth and young adults and the region's employers.
One of the meetings will be held specifically in Hollywood and the topic of discussion is Workforce and Education Resources. You are cordially invited and/or your staff to join them and share your insights, ideas and perspectives to help build a more effective workforce development system for all of us. Register for the location below that best fits.

Hollywood, Downtown, Mid-City Los Angeles
Topic: Workforce and Education Resources
Date: Thursday, December 8, 2016
Location: Los Angeles LGBT Center - Youth Center on Highland, 1220 Highland Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90038
Time: 3:30pm - 5:30pm

Chamber Announces Move in 2017

The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce will be relocating its office in January 2017. The new location will be on the ground floor of the Sunset Media Center at 6255 Sunset Blvd., Suite 150. For the past 25 years, the Chamber has been housed on the campus of the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. “Our phone number and email addresses will remain the same,” said Chamber President & CEO Leron Gubler. “While we have enjoyed our long association with the Roosevelt Hotel, we are looking forward to welcoming our membership to a new state-of-the art office,” said Gubler.

Ghouls and goblins dressed up for the family-friendly fun at the Foundation's All Hallow's Eve Party. Photo by Coltrane PowdrillRing the New Year with Louie Cruz Beltran at Prospect Theatre

Louie, Live in Hollywood!  Famed percussionist, vocalist, bandleader and entertainer Louie Cruz Beltran brings his unique brand of high energy and danceable music to the Prospect Theatre for a very special New Year’s Eve show on Saturday, December 31st with Special Guest Robert Beltran. Variety called Louie’s Playboy Jazz Festival at the Hollywood Bowl performance “A Triumph!”  An entertainer at heart, Louie blends Afro Cuban rhythms with Latin jazz, jazz, R&B and pop influences and delivers a crowd pleasing experience.  Actor Robert Beltran is best known for his roles in “Eating Raoul,” “Zoot Suit,” and as Commander Chakatoy on 170 episodes of  “Star Trek: Voyager” and will be singing with Louie’s bandDoors open at 9 p.m. Ticket includes the show, dinner, dancing, champagne toast, party favors and gratuity.  It’s always a party with Louie!  Purchase tickets online at http://www.prospecttheatre.la
Contact: mark@corniche.com . Call 310-854-6000

YPI Program Partners with Community Businesses to Offer College Students Career Pathway Internships and Work Experience

The Youth Policy Institute is helping transition college students from the classroom to the workforce. Students who can take advantage of this program come from a variety of backgrounds. This may be the first formal work experience. They are determined to work and are local to the Hollywood area. YPI program will be paying their wages with 100-hour allotments. Businesses hiring these interns can help inspire youth and help them cultivate skills and experience. The internship is almost like an on-the-job training, and you can hire youth after they complete their hours. To take advantage of the YPI program, businesses are encouraged to set up an Employer Orientation session, sign a work-site agreement, designate number of interns needed, set schedule for internship, get matched and get started! To learn how you can hire an intern, please contact Martin Hernandez: mhernandez@ypiusa.org.

Add your Upcoming Event to our Online Calendar

Members of the Hollywood Chamber can now add their upcoming events to the online calendar of the Hollywood Chamber website at no extra cost. This is a complimentary service and a benefit of your membership to the Hollywood Chamber. All member businesses are encouraged to submit their events online www.hollywoodchamber.net/myevent.

Not a Chamber member yet? Go to www.hollywoodchamber.net/join

Take Advantage of Chamber's Business Mentoring Service by SCORE

Richard Krelstein is a volunteer business mentor who will assist you with starting a business, growing your business, buying a business or selling your business. Krelstein offers one-on-one mentoring services on most Fridays 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. By appointment only through the Hollywood Chamber. Call Vivian at 323-469-8311.

Hollywood Chamber to Honor Ryan Reynolds with Walk of Fame Star

Hollywood Chamber to Honor Toshiro Mifune with Walk of Fame Star

The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce that actor Ryan Reynolds will be honored with the 2,596th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Thursday, December 15, 2016 at 11:30 a.m. PST. The star in the category of Motion Pictures will be dedicated at 6801 Hollywood Boulevard in front of the Hollywood & Highland Complex. Helping Emcee and Hollywood Chamber President/CEO Leron Gubler to unveil the star will be guest speakers Anna Faris, Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick.“Since Ryan Reynolds was selected to be honored with a Walk of Fame star, fans from around the world have always been asking when Ryan Reynolds is getting his star… Well, now is the time and we invite all to enjoy the last ceremony of the year on December 15th!” stated Walk of Fame producer Ana Martinez.

Hollywood Chamber Honors Lee Daniels with Walk of Fame Star

Hollywood Chamber to Honor Toshiro Mifune with Walk of Fame Star

The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce honored director Lee Daniels with the 2,595th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame today on Friday, December 2nd. The star in the category of Television was dedicated at 6533 Hollywood Boulevard in front of the Hudson Apartments. Helping Emcee and Hollywood Chamber President/CEO Leron Gubler to unveil the star were Queen Latifah, Gabourey Sidibe and Jussie Smollett.

The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce which administers the popular star ceremonies encourages people who are unable to attend and fans around the world to watch the event live exclusively on www.walkoffame.com.

Hollywood Walk of Fame official website - www.walkoffame.comThe Hollywood Chamber is encouraging members and Hollywood businesses to add the above walkoffame.com button on their website to directly link to www.walkoffame.com the official Hollywood Walk of Fame online. Offer your site visitors direct access to Stargirl's anecdotes and daily experiences with stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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FilmL.A., Inc.

Hudson Pacific Properties


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