A first reading of an ordinance amending AMC Chapter 6.36 regarding film and TV productions in the City of Ashland took the majority of the City Council’s time at Tuesday’s regular Council meeting. Citizens involved with local commercial production, SOU student efforts, and industry leaders testified before the Council after a staff presentation outlining the proposed changes. Erik Palmer, Academic Coordinator for the Southern Oregon Digital Media Center, brought forth concerns from campus faculty, students and the public access community. The staff report and public testimony are available on the RVTV PEG player.
City Councilors also expressed concerns with restrictions placed on filming on private property and the cost to prospective production teams that would have to have a two-million dollar insurance policy to qualify for a permit. Input from all levels of the production community will be sought going forward.
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