Up and down at ShowBiz Expo

While the mood at ShowBiz Expo 99, held June 25-27 at the Los Angeles Convention Center, was not exactly grim, there was a slight pall in the air. Production in the motion picture business is down, and one of the causes--runaway production to Canada and elsewhere--was a topic seriously addressed in the show's keynote panel, titled "The American Film Industry: Competing in the New Millennium." Also discussed was the effect of new technologies on the business, an issue which was central to

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