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Hollywood Insider with Alaska Ties to Share Tricks of the Film Business

Anchorage, Alaska – Oct. 28, 2010 – Anchorage Convention & Visitors Bureau is pleased to announce a special event devoted to growing the film business in Alaska. Matt Birch, executive vice president of the Beverley Hills-based Montana Artists Agency, is the featured speaker at the luncheon and afternoon seminar on Nov. 11, 2010, at the Dena’ina Civic and Convention Center. Birch grew up in Alaska and has spent the last 18 years producing and developing films.

Birch is passionate about promoting the film business in Alaska, and knows what it takes for cities to support feature films and capitalize on industry-related business. Birch’s production credits include blockbusters such as “The Italian Job,” “Mission Impossible 3” and “Transformers.”

With “Everybody Loves Whales” filming on the streets of Anchorage and across Alaska, more people are taking note of the state’s emerging film industry. Birch will cover everything from developing well-trained, local crewmembers to how the film industry can best work with city and state governments. He’ll discuss product placement and how Alaska business can connect with and benefit from productions shooting in Alaska.

The Anchorage Convention & Visitors Bureau’s (ACVB) mission is to attract and serve visitors to the Municipality of Anchorage as a Destination Marketing Organization (DMO). ACVB’s marketing functions are funded by one-third of the bed tax collected by lodging associations. One-third goes to the Municipality’s general fund, and one-third to service the bond debt and operations of the Anchorage Convention Centers. ACVB receives no state or federal funds. 2010 marks ACVB’s 35th year of bringing business to Anchorage. Explore www.Anchorage.net for more information.

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