EIDC gets state aid to research size of showbiz labor set

LOS ANGELES: Governor Gray Davis (D-CA) has funded a research grant aimed at clarifying labor issues in the state's complex entertainment industry.

LOS ANGELES: Governor Gray Davis (D-CA) has funded a research grant aimed at clarifying labor issues in the state's complex entertainment industry.

The study is expected to help public affairs groups better target their programs through increased understanding of the employment landscape.

The $742,500 grant was given to the Entertainment Industry Development Corporation (EIDC), an organization that promotes and facilitates productions in LA. The project will bring together journalists, economists, and researchers to create a new framework for defining entertainment-related jobs.

One of the main focuses of the research will be to build insight on which professions should be counted as part of entertainment labor statistics. Many southern California companies in fields such as catering and construction make their entire revenue from entertainment-related work, yet are categorized under labels such as "food service

for statistical purposes. That, according to the EIDC, gives a skewed understanding of the state's economy and could lead to higher-than-expected job losses if productions continue their trend of filming out of state or in foreign locales.

"Part of what we're trying to do is get a handle on the future,

said EIDC SVP of public affairs Kathleen Milnes, who will head the project.

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