Donatucci, Ciresi to host Policy Committee hearing on film tax credit October 31 in Philadelphia

Filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan to testify

PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 23 – State Reps. Maria Donatucci, D-Phila./Delaware, and Joseph Ciresi, D-Montgomery, will host a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing on the film tax credit next week.

The hearing will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 31 at the Museum of the American Revolution, 101 South 3rd St., 19106. The media and public are invited to attend.

Donatucci and Ciresi requested the hearing to discuss the economic impacts of the film tax credit program and what more the state can do to grow the film industry. They will be joined by legislators from across the state, including Policy Chair Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster.

The current agenda is:

10 a.m.           Welcome and opening remarks.     

10:10 a.m.      Carrie Lepore, deputy secretary for Office of Marketing, Tourism and Film, DCED.

10:25 a.m.      Panel One:

  • Sharon Pinkenson, executive director, Greater Philadelphia Film Office.

  • M. Night Shyamalan, filmmaker.

  • Angela Miele, vice president of state tax policy, MPAA.

10:55 a.m.      Panel Two:

  • Nancy Glass, CEO/executive producer, Glass Entertainment Group.

  • Mark Wiley, writer and producer.

  • David Haas, member of board of directors, Wyncote Foundation.

  • Mike McCann, board member, Pennsylvania Film Industry Association.

  • Jeff Rotwitt, CEO and president, Sun Center Studios.

 11:30 a.m.      Panel Three:

  • Thomas O’Donnell, president, Theatrical Teamsters Local 817.

  • John Fundus, vice president, IATSE Local 52.

  • Diane Heery, co-owner, Heery-Loftus Casting.

 12 p.m.           Panel Four:

  • Andrew Carlone, CEO, Coral Homes.
  • Craig Snelgrove, general manager, Enterprise Holdings.
  • Ed Grose, executive director, Greater Philadelphia Hotel Association.    

  12:30 p.m.      Closing remarks.