Los Angeles firms that rely on film industry fight to keep jobs here

By Saba Hamedy In 1958, Ed Michelson started a motion picture catering company — Michelson Food Services — and made food for the cast and crew on such classic films as “West Side Story” and “Some Like it Hot.” Michelson was one of the first to operate a food service truck on film sets, and for decades business boomed, back when virtually all the big studio movies were filmed in Los Angeles. Today, son Steve Michelson said that’s no longer the case. When his father died, Michelson decided to start his own catering company, Sylmar-based Limelight Catering, which employs about 50 people and has been in business for 14 years. But Michelson said his catering company would be making millions of dollars more a year — and even expanding the business by adding more food trucks — if production stayed in California. “We have the best weather and the best locations and it doesn’t matter,” Michelson said. “Even if a show or movie is supposed to be based in Los Angeles, they go to other states because they are getting offered bigger incentives.” Read the entire article here: http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/envelope/cotown/la-et-ct-on-location-fim-industry-california-20140319,0,2960888.story#axzz2wXJvyCab

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