Hollywood North hurting

<p>Vancouver film industry workers who have been hard-hit since the Hollywood writer’s strike have lost another work opportunity since actor Heath Ledger’s death.</p>

 

Ledger’s demise suspends filming of city shoot


 

 

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Heath Ledger was set to arrive in Vancouver today to work on a new film. The actor was found dead in his apartment last week.





Vancouver film industry workers who have been hard-hit since the Hollywood writer’s strike have lost another work opportunity since actor Heath Ledger’s death.


Ledger, 28, was supposed to arrive in Vancouver today to work on the film The Imaginarium Of Doctor Parnassus.



He was found dead in his New York apartment last week.



Production of the film is now suspended, leaving crews at Burnaby’s Bridge Studios out of much-needed work.



The nearly three-month-long strike has already shut down most American-based film and TV projects being shot in Vancouver, putting around 5,000 people out of work.



In an attempt to attract film production to British Columbia, Finance Minister Carole Taylor has announced plans to increase the province’s film tax credit rates.



The incentive program provides refundable tax credits to companies that bring work to B.C.



Tax credits for domestic production will go up to 35 per cent from 30 per cent and to 25 per cent from 18 per cent for Canadian and international productions.



The changes follow similar moves by Ontario, which boosted its film tax credit to 35 per cent from 30 per cent last month. Quebec has also raised its credit for foreign productions to 25 per cent from 20 per cent.





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  • B.C.’s film and television industry has grown from $211 million and 61 productions in 1992 to $1.2 billion and 230 productions in 2006, according to the Ministry of Finance.




 
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