FLORIDA FILM & ENTERTAINMENT ADVISORY COUNCIL
2nd Quarter Meeting Minutes
June 21, 2004
The Hyatt Regency Orlando International Airport Hotel
The second quarter meeting for the Florida Film and Entertainment Advisory Council was called to order on June 21, 2004 at 1:15 pm in the Narita/Tullamarine/Tegal room of the Hyatt Regency Orlando International Airport Hotel in Orlando, Florida.
Hollis Batchelor – Chairman Jasper (Jay) Balance
Lew Klechak – Vice Chairman Leslie Bartlett
Arlene Herson Daphne Boyd
Patrick Keating Ron Castell
Rebecca O’Dell Townsend Lucia Fishburne (excused)
Paul Meena Doug Guetzloe
Todd Roobin Jorge Hane
Kathryn Waters Frank (Bud) Nocera
John Welch Burt Reynolds (Honorary Member)
Lorraine Wood Sterling Van Wagenen
Raquel Cisneros, Communications Coordinator
Roll call was taken. Council members present introduced themselves.
Chairman Hollis Batchelor entertained nominations for Chairman. Todd Roobin made a motion to nominate Lew Klechak, second motion made by Arlene Herson. Without objection, Lew Klechak declared new Chairman.
Hollis Batchelor passed the gavel to the new Chairman Lew Klechak who then opened the floor for nominations for Vice Chair. Klechak then nominated Paul Meena, who accepted, Second by Patrick Keating. No other nominations were made, Paul Meena announced as new Vice Chair.
The Council thanked Hollis Batchelor for his term as Chairman.
The 2004 schedule of quarterly meetings was set.
September 13, 2004 – Jacksonville
December 6, 2004- Ft. Lauderdale
Chairman Klechak opened the floor to approve the minutes of the 1st quarter meeting in Tallahassee. Hollis Batchelor made motion, Arlene Herson second. Approved unanimously.
General discussion on Council members not present and unexcused started. The agreement of the Council was to RSVP to the Office of Film & Entertainment whenever not attending a meeting, failure to do so will qualify as an unexcused absence.
3rd Quarter 2003 NAICS Code Report
Susan Albershardt provided the Council with a positive report. Susan stated that she would provide the Council with a wrap up of the 2003 totals during the next Council meeting. No action required or taken by Council.
Susan Albershardt provided an overview of the passing of the bill. No action required or taken by Council.
Susan Albershardt provided the Council with an update of the setback of the bill. There was general discussion of the talent agency deregulation and ways to move the bill forward next year. Susan and Hollis agreed that it would be good to meet in August with Diane Carr of DBPR, William Large, Deputy Chief of Staff, and an agent to discuss the legislation. A report will follow in the next Council meeting.
Susan Albershardt reported on the details of the OFE budget. The Council had a general discussion on the costs for the incentive audit, professional development series and additional workforce. No action required or taken by Council.
Susan Albershardt provided the Council with general numbers of the financial incentive applicants, without disclosing any confidential information. General discussion ensued on the details of how the applicants were selected and when more information would be available. Questions from the Council rose regarding qualified Florida expenditures, promulgation of rules, and the queue for the next fiscal year. No action required or taken by Council.
Todd Roobin gave an overview on Film Florida’s background, next annual meeting, marketing co-op, upcoming trade shows and the launch of the 1st Annual Florida Film Alumni Reunion. No action required or taken by Council.
Paul Meena described to the Council some “glitches” that the Financial Incentive Bill has and should be changed during the next legislative session. General discussion on additional changes concluded with the formation of a “glitch bill” sub-committee of the Legislative Committee, members to include Paul Meena, Lew Klechak and Hollis Batchelor.
The Council laid out the top priorities for 2005, to include, in order of importance, the budget for the OFE, raising the financial incentive to $20 million, modifying the Financial Incentive, and moving forward the Talent Agency Deregulation bill. The Council agreed that Paul Meena would draft a letter from the Council, addressed to Dr. Pamella Dana stating the priorities and have it reviewed by the Council. The Council discussed additional priorities and agreed that more information was needed prior to committing to it for next legislative session. Lorraine Wood made a motion to accept the four priorities, second by Rebecca O’Dell Townsend, motion passed unanimously.
Lew Klechak introduced Ms. Kathy Shea from the public. Ms. Shea gave an introduction and her background in the film industry.
Susan Albershardt gave the Council an update on the OFE strategic plans and mentioned she is working on updating the five-year strategic plan.
Susan Albershardt gave an update on the status of having Florida graduate schools do the assessment.
Susan Albershardt gave an overview of what the Professional Development Series involves and details of financial help from Workforce Florida.
Susan Albershardt reiterated the launch of the alumni reunion occurring in November with Film Florida and Universal.
Susan Albershardt gave an update on the status of when the production guide and tax application would be available.
Susan Albershardt showed the Council the ads the OFE has in progress and are expected to run in the 2005 KEMPS International Directory and the 8th Annual American Black Film Festival.
Media Arts Mentoring Project
Susan Albershardt provided the Council with a wrap-up of the Media Mentoring Project at Godby High School in Tallahassee and the future of the project next year.
The Council had a general discussion regarding the marketing of the financial incentive information not considered confidential, to legislatures and to the public. Susan will discuss with the Governor’s Communications Director about a press release.
Discussion about conserving costs for the auditing and accounting for the financial incentive applicants ensued, with no action or required or taken by the Council.
Chairman Klechak requested the Council members get in contact with him for preferred committee appointments. The Chairman mentioned he would e-mail those not present for their requests.
Chairman Klechak reminded the Council of the next meeting in Jacksonville.
Todd Roobin made a motion to adjourn the meeting, second by Arlene Herson. Motion passed unanimously.
Meeting adjourned at 4:46 pm.