|Brotherhood Premiere Coverage 6-26-06|
Contact: Steven Feinberg, Director
NEW FILM COMMISH MAKES BIG SPLASH IN OCEAN STATE
Providence, RI – When Steven Feinberg recently accepted his position as the new Director of the Rhode Island Film and Television Office, he didn’t know that one of his first successes would be wresting a Showtime pilot from Toronto.
Feinberg vs. Canada - Showtime and Mandalay Entertainment had originally planned to film most of the Rhode Island-based Blake Masters pilot for Brotherhood in Toronto. Brotherhood, starring Jason Isaacs (The Patriot), Jason Clarke (Rabbit Proof Fence) and Annabeth Gish (West Wing, The X Files) is directed by Phillip Noyce (Patriot Games, Clear and Present Danger). Feinberg was able to quickly rally high-level politicians to offer Showtime attractive financial incentives to shoot every scene in the Ocean State. Production offices already established in Canada were shut down and operations were moved to Rhode Island. Producer Henry Bronchtein, a recent Emmy winner for The Sopranos, said, “The State of Rhode Island bent over backwards for us. Canada? Rhode Island was a better place to have this experience.”
Introduces New Aggressive Tax Incentives – Referring to Feinberg’s success in providing Showtime with the financial incentives necessary to film exclusively in Rhode Island, Elizabeth Stephen, President of Mandalay Entertainment (Television) and Executive Producer of Brotherhood stated, “Steven may not be wearing a red cape, but he quickly became our superhero”. Feinberg is currently working on aggressive incentive-based legislation offering sales and use tax exclusion, labor tax credit, investor tax credit, and covering below-the-line costs for all feature films and television series that shoot a majority of their production in Rhode Island. Feinberg intends this legislation to rival or exceed that of Louisiana and New York, and successful passage in January 2005 will help put Rhode Island on the map as the Film Capital of New England.
Ambassador to LA - Accepting the position of Director of the Film
and Television Office allows Feinberg to marry his two loves, Hollywood
and Rhode Island.
Feinberg, a Rhode Island native who spent the last 22 years in Los Angeles writing and producing his own movie and television screenplays, has brought his considerable talent, energy and wealth of industry contacts home. He studied cinematography at UCLA and film and television production at the USC Cinema School, and wrote and successfully co-produced Village Roadshow’s sci-fi adventure “Fortress” as one of his many projects. Feinberg’s strongest asset, according to his many supporters in the Los Angeles film community, is his passion for the Ocean State. One industry vice president describes him as Rhode Island’s “ambassador to Los Angeles”. His knowledge of Rhode Island locations, his outgoing personality and his relationship with a number of the top decision-makers in the film and television industry will help attract lucrative projects to the area. He is also establishing a comprehensive web site and production guide as promotional tools, and is building a talent pool of local filmmakers and crew to support productions coming into the State.
Feinberg has aggressively promoted Rhode Island as film-friendly, luring big-name advertising clients such as Hertz and Dunkin’ Donuts, as well as several television companies, most notably Showtime, to the Ocean State.