The Senate Rules Committee, Chaired by Senate Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, appointed former Assemblymember Anthony Portantino to the California Film Commission, according to a press release from the former legislator.
Portantino had represented the State Assembly on the Film Commission until terming out of office on December 1, 2012. Prior to his service in the State Assembly, Portantino worked in film and television for many years.
“I’m thrilled to be back on the Film Commission and very grateful to Pro Tem Steinberg for this appointment,'' Portantino stated in a press release. "I came to California from New Jersey to pursue a career in entertainment and being in a position to serve on the Commission lets me continue that passion and association. During my last term in office, I believe I was the only former filmmaker in the legislature where it is imperative that California’s core industry has someone with practical entertainment knowledge and experience.”
Portantino, whose assembly district included several San Gabriel Valley cities including South Pasadena, La Cañada and Pasadena, was a strong supporter of the recently extended film tax credit designed to stem the tide of runaway production. He worked closely with the DGA during universal health care discussions as it pertained to “loan out companies.”
He also authored legislation that endeavored to stem the tide of gate crashing awards shows after the Screen Actors Guild had issues during the SAG awards.
“Anthony has been a consistent champion of the film and television industry and in the effort to keep this vital industry right here in California,” Film Commission Chair Keith Weaver said in a prepared statement. “His broad experience and deep commitment to Californians have served the commission and the industry very well. We are so glad to have him back.”
The California Film Commission is the implementation arm of the film tax incentive program. It also offers free on-line permitting for all state property including state parks and beaches, freeways, roads, and government buildings. From hospitals and prisons to back roads and mountain ranges, the California Film Commission helps filmmakers gain access to the perfect locations.
Cinemascout is its online database featuring California locations available for filming. The Commission also host visitors at its on-site Location Resource Center for personalized assistance when searching for locations.
California has a network of over 60 Regional Film Offices across the state to provide localized support, detailed location information and facilitate the permit process.