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Some of the most ardent warriors in California’s fight against runaway
production were among the honorees at the 22nd Annual California
On Location Awards (COLAs), which will took place Sunday, last
November 13 at The Beverly Hilton’s famed International Ballroom.
The COLAs recognize location managers, public employees and
other professionals who help facilitate on location production across
the Golden State.  The 2016
Awards were presented amid a
spirit of growing optimism, as results from the first full year of
the state’s expanded Film & Television Tax Credit Program
show substantial progress in reaffirming California’s status as the
world’s production capital.
More than 500 attendees enjoyed this year’s invitation-only
awards ceremony.  Produced by the Film Liaisons in California
Statewide (FLICS), the COLAs have grown to become the largest
awards program and industry event focused on recognizing the work
of California location professionals.
This year’s awards program will also included a presentation of the
Signature Award to California Film Commission
Executive Director Amy Lemisch.
 The Signature Award is the
highest COLA honor, and is presented only when an individual or
group demonstrates extraordinary determination, spirit and success
in keeping production in California.  It was last presented in 2014 to a
team of industry professionals for their efforts to facilitate passage of
legislation to expand the state’s tax credit program.
“No one has been a better partner and champion for filming in
California than Amy Lemisch,” said COLA Co-chair and Imperial
County Film Commissioner Charla Teeters.
 “Amy has worked
tirelessly to facilitate production and ensure California remains
competitive.  She somehow manages to blend fierce tenacity with
heartfelt kindness – a combination that makes her uniquely effective.  
She is California’s best weapon in the fight against runaway
production, and
we can’t think of anyone more deserving of
this award.”
The list of 2016 COLA finalists was culled from nearly 150 film,
television and commercial submissions.  Finalists and winners are
determined via a vote by members of FLICS, past COLA winners and
a steering committee of Teamsters Local 399 members.
Award categories range from Studio and Independent Feature Films
to TV Series, Commercials, Reality and Music Videos.  Awards are
also presented in multiple Public Employee of the Year categories.

California On Location Awards are the brainchild of
Film Commissioner Sheri Davis, who lead the Inland Empire
(CA) Film commission for over twenty years.


Above: Sheri Davis and Greg Alpert, COLA Honoree and
Location Manager Extraordinare
Janice Arrington, COLA Chair;
Amy Lemisch, California Film Commission Exec Director;
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti;
Charla Teeters-Stewart, COLA Chair
Perry King hosting the COLA ~
California On Location Awards at the
Beverly Hilton Hotel, Beverly Hills, CA
Happy COLA