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

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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Another step

SB 1808 goes before the Senate Rules Committee this coming Wednesday afternoon. Another step forward to . . . where? This is a simple resolution. It will not create a state-level film program. Neither will it reenergize our industry and bring back our jobs with a...

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SB 1808 passes first committee stop

In the span of only ten minutes at the Capitol this afternoon, Senate Bill 1808, carrying a resolution in support of Florida motion picture production, unanimously passed the Senate Committee on Commerce and Tourism. Three Florida senators spoke energetically in favor...

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Therefore be it resolved . . .

While we wait to see whether SB 526 continues its advance in the Senate and HB 1401 will be granted committee referrals and appearances in the House – hopeful that these good bills can buck the obstructionist trend of previous sessions - suddenly another legislative...

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Senate Bill 526 secures House companion bill

This past Monday, as the countdown to start-of-session entered its final hours, Senate Bill 526 successfully gained critical sponsorship in the House. Representative James Buchanan (R-74, Sarasota) filed HB 1401, the anxiously awaited companion bill to SB 526 that now...

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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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