Sharon Pinkenson Addresses YLD at Annual Meeting
On Wednesday, March 31, the YLD held its Annual Meeting at the Table 31 ballroom at the Comcast Center. In addition to presenting the annual awards, the YLD also featured keynote speaker Sharon Pinkenson of the Greater Philadelphia Film Office.
As Executive Director of the GPFO for the past 18 years, Sharon has helped usher in the “golden age” of the Philadelphia film industry. Considering how Philadelphia released in 1993, was the first film in about 60 years to be filmed almost entirely in the city, we’ve come a long way. Since then, there have been countless movies to not only feature the city and region but also have actually been filmed on location: The Sixth Sense (and other M. Night Shyamalan movies), 12 Monkeys, Fallen, Beloved, Invincible, in addition to tv series such as Hack and The Real World Philadelphia.
During her speech, Sharon also offered some other interesting tidbits:
- The film industry has been relatively immune to economic downturn. In the past year, the industry accounted for 4000 jobs in the Philadelphia region.
- Tax credits and lower costs are a big incentive to lure movies to be shot in Philadelphia. Unfortunately, with the proposed state budget, these tax credits, along with most other tax credits, are taking a cut.
- There is a currently-untitled tv pilot filmed in the city starring Jimmy Smits as a United States Supreme Court justice who leaves the bench to return to practice. The show stands a good chance of getting picked up.
- Finally, for anyone tired of being a lawyer and looking for a possible career in film, visit the GPFO’s website (film.org) for professional listings.