COMPASS is the principal advocacy group for restoring feature film production in Florida.

End of December 2019

As we prepare to turn the corner into a New Year, we find ourselves once again deep into that familiar state of suspended activity that precedes every new legislative session. Supporters of Senator Joe Gruters' SB 530 may be taking a quick holiday breather but they...

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On the run-up to the 2020 legislative session

Committee weeks are already well underway in Tallahassee. At this point, COMPASS is exploring the merits of several possible legislative engagements and may ultimately decide to establish a presence on some issues in Tallahassee during the 2020 session. Measured...

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On deck . . . Feature Florida Partnerships

An article just posted by the South Florida Business Journal is alerting the Florida film community to the launch of a new approach to bringing motion picture production back to the Sunshine State.In her article "New business-backed initiative seeks investors to...

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It’s in the books

Late yesterday morning, Senate Bill 1808 - a resolution recognizing the value of film and television production to the State of Florida -  was unanimously adopted by voice vote on the floor of the Florida Senate. Now it's in the books. Where to go next?Originally...

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Legislative threat to talent agencies checked

We are pleased to report that earlier today an amendment was filed to Senate Bill 1640 (Deregulation of Professions) by bill sponsor Senator Ben Allbritton (R-District 26) preserving protections currently in place for Florida actors that are designed to discourage...

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SB 1808 heads to Senate floor

The seventeen-member Senate Committee on Rules this afternoon passed SB 1808 by unanimous vote. Having cleared two committee stops, the resolution of support for Florida's film industry now heads for approval by the full body on the Senate floor. Upon passage there,...

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COMPASS Chair, Chris Ranung is twenty-plus years a filmworker and president of Local 477 of the I.A.T.S.E. – the AFL-CIO affiliated labor union that represents working crew in Florida: grips, lighting technicians, paint & scenic, costumes, construction and propmakers, craft service personnel, greens, set dressers, special effects technicians, sound mixers and sound department personnel, studio teachers, animal wranglers, first aid, the marine department and much more.

Chris believes ardently that Florida’s film community – its actors, working crew, production teams, supplementary personnel, support businesses – ranks among the best in the United States.  He sees COMPASS as the necessary vehicle to reinvigorate production and restore jobs, revenue, and dignity to the Florida men and women who work in motion picture production and the Florida small businesses that sustain this historically important Florida industry.

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