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Ryan Murphy to Receive Inaugural Award From Film in California (Exclusive)
Ryan Murphy is about to add another trophy to his cabinet.
Film in California is awarding the prolific writer-director-producer its first-ever California Golden Slate Award at its annual conference May 21.
Scream Queens star Jamie Lee Curtis will give Murphy the inaugural award for his commitment to filming in California. Each of his anthology series, American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson, American Horror Story and Scream Queens, film in the state, with the latter two having relocated from Louisiana last year and this year, respectively. By shooting in California, including his previous series, Glee and Nip/Tuck, Murphy has created thousands of production-related jobs in the state.
The Film in California Conference — a confab that focuses on helping film, TV, commercial and new media professionals learn how to leverage California’s production resources — will feature a full day of expert panels and presentations, including an opening session led by Dax Shepard on making the upcoming CHiPs movie based on the 1970s TV show. Five-hundred industry professionals are expected to attend.
“This year’s Film in California Conference will be held amid a surge in production thanks to the state’s expanded tax credit program,” said Amy Lemisch, executive director of the California Film Commission. “Our goal for the conference is to ensure that production decision makers are up to speed on everything we have to offer — from our tax credit program to our incredibly diverse locations.”
The Film in California Conference is co-produced by the California Film Commission and Film Liaisons in California Statewide, a network of 40-plus film commissioners from California. “The Conference is a great opportunity for industry professionals to learn, network and connect with film commissioners from across the state,” added FLICS President Cassandra Hesseltine. “It’s all about helping them make their next project a success.”
For the second consecutive year, the Film in California Conference will be hosted by CBS Studio Center (Radford) in Studio City. Conference sponsors include Santa Clarita Studios, Cinelease, Disney’s Golden Oak Ranch, Fox Audience Strategy and Blue Cloud Movie Ranch. The Hollywood Reporter serves as media sponsor.