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Digital filmmakers will get a boost in an initiative to cut two-thirds of film-permitting costs for small and digital-first productions, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said Friday.

“Los Angeles has always been home to pioneers of the entertainment industry, and we should take down barriers to the kind of creative, future-minded innovation that small digital filmmakers represent,” Garcetti said. “The Digital Makers Initiative will help us make sure that L.A. — with all of our beautiful scenery, iconic landmarks, and unmatched production resources — remains accessible to them.”

The permits for the Digital Makers Initiative pilot program will be issued by FilmL.A., the nonprofit film office serving the greater Los Angeles region, beginning in October.

Some participants in the pilot are Buzzfeed, Fullscreen, Tastemade, mitu, Funny Or Die, College Humor, and 72andSunny.

According to FilmL.A., location filming for digital-first media productions in 2016 generated 2,113 production days in Los Angeles, an increase of 46 percent over 2015, and has increased by more than 350 percent since tracking began in 2010.

“L.A. is home to so many talented makers, creators and artists who are innovating in the media and entertainment space,” said Jonah Peretti, founder and CEO of BuzzFeed. “We’re grateful to Mayor Garcetti for embracing the city’s thriving digital filmmaking community and honored to support this effort.”

–City News Service

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