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April 5, 2002
Mayor Meets with Motion PIcture Association
  
LOS ANGELES, CA. - Mayor Mel Lastman kicked off his mission to California today
by meeting with the Co-Chief Operating Officer of the Motion Picture
Association of America.

"I wanted to thank Mr. Murray and the Motion Picture Association of America for
their support of producers who choose to shoot in Toronto," Mayor Lastman said
after the meeting.

The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) believe producers should have
the right to film in whatever locale they choose and have argued that
countervailing duties on product shot in Canada is wrong.

Since the Mayor last visited the major Hollywood studios in 1998, film and
television production spending in Toronto has climbed from $700 million to a
high of $1.3 billion. The industry currently employs more than 28,000 people
who live in the Greater Toronto Area.

Besides his meetings with movie executives, Lastman's itinerary includes an
appointment with the Mayor of San Francisco to discuss the waterfront and a
meeting with venture capitalists to encourage their investment in Toronto's
growing biotech sector.


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