About CLI

About CLI Industry reports paint a stark picture of the working conditions in Hollywood. It’s true the Golden State is hemorrhaging film and television productions to other locations. This translates into $3 billion in lost wages for the vast numbers of below-the-line labors that call Los Angeles home, never mind the impact on local supporting businesses, like florists and hotels. Pay rates, benefits, and job satisfaction also are declining. Meanwhile, workdays are growing longer and productivity pressures more intense—so much so that only the major studios seem safe from financial collapse.

These trends are by no means unique to Southern California. Atlanta. New Orleans. New York City. Budapest. Dubai. London. Cities near and far now offer subsidized facilities, tax incentives, and labor concessions, all of them designed to lure international producers and hopefully nurture local capacity. On the one hand, this generates new creative opportunities in diverse locations; on the other it betrays global economic and cultural disparities (like the Hungarian crew members who earn about 25 percent less than their Western counterparts).

CLI therefore aims to establish a balanced and comprehensive perspective on a range of urgent issues pertaining to global creative labor. The initiative will leverage a network of scholars who can shed light on the ways in which the screen industries are at once becoming more interconnected and stylistically convergent while also drilling down into the particular workplace dynamics and plays of power within and across creative locales. CLI will furthermore make available independent analyses of key labor concerns; interviews with talent, craft, and below-the-line workers; a library of industry reports and policy documents; and learning modules for students. 

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