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State Sen. Ron Calderon, D-Montebello, whose violence-awareness measure was approved by the Senate, talks with seat mate Ben Hueso, D-San Diego, in Sacramento, Calif., Thursday, May 16, 2013.

Today in Los Angeles, movie moguls and local lawmakers are gathering for a one-day conference to look at the "State of the Entertainment Industry."

The specific focus is on the future of production in southern California and the state tax credit program that's been designed to lure filmmakers into making movies locally. 

But one regular player in these kinds of discussions is missing today: State Senator Ron Calderon of Montebello.

He's been a huge booster of TV and film production in L.A. as a member of the California Film Commission's board, but he was removed from that position due to an ongoing FBI investigation involving bribes.

To tell us what -- if any -- implication that investigation will have on the talks today, we turn to KPCC business reporter Brian Watt.


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