Corra Group Ramps Up Entertainment and Media Background Checks in Anticipation New California Tax Credits Will Boost Local Hollywood Industry

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With California about to increase tax credits for the television, film, and media industry, as a local, Hollywood service, Corra Group is preparing of an increase in entertainment industry related background checks.

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“We have offered background checks for both employment screening and production talent, to film and television production companies as well as advertising and new media agencies,” said Corra Group Co-Founder, Gordon Basichis.

Corra Group has concentrated new effort on the local entertainment and media industry as the new deal for California State tax credits promises to boost native film and television production . According to the Los Angeles Times article, dated August 27, 2014, Governor Jerry Brown have signed off on a bill authorizing the $330 Million commitment will even the playing field between California’s two main rivals, Georgia and New York.

As a local background checking service, with headquarters in proximity to Hollywood, Corra Group has been servicing the entertainment and media industry for close to a decade. “We have offered background checks for both employment screening and production talent, to film and television production companies as well as advertising and new media agencies,” said Corra Group Co-Founder, Gordon Basichis.

“But in the past years, California has been the victim of runaway production,” said Basichis. “Film and television companies are shooting on location elsewhere as other states were offering far more attractive production credits. It’s tough for California to compete when other states are offering as much as a thirty percent reduction in the overall cost of location production.”

Basichis noted the Corra Group engages directly with production companies and advertising agencies as well as through intermediaries who are contracted with the networks, studios, ad agencies and ancillary service groups. He pointed out that investigative entities and security firms will use Corra Group for extended year background checks on potential celebrity stalkers or suspicious characters.

“I spent over twenty years in the entertainment industry,” said Basichis. “I understand the business, so I encourage human resources managers and production people to call me and discuss their needs. They can tell me what project they are working on or who they are looking to hire, and I can advise them as to the searches they would need from our entertainment industry background checking packages that would suit their requirements. As one of the owners, I am always around, and I make it a point to be accessible to our clients.”

Basichis indicated that the new California State tax allowance will improve dramatically the volume of film and television production within the state. He cited that in the recent years, with runaway production, Corra Group has had an increase in clients from New York-based entertainment and media services as well as from other states offering substantial tax credits. He offered that since California is taking taken a more competitive approach, it should encourage local production.

“Los Angeles is still the heart and soul of the American film and television industry,” said Basichis. “With these tax credits more local production crew members will go back to work again. We’re not talking just about the talent, the above the line people. It’s the people who work in the crews that have been suffering. They need the work. Believe me, I know. Some of them are friends of mine.”

BACKGROUND: Corra operates as Corra Group and specializes in pre-employment and business research and investigation. It is one of the few companies that will answer the phone. You can review the website at http://www.corragroup.com.

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