Global Media Desk Year in Review - 2014

Global Media Desk Review of 2014

For the Global Media Desk 2014 looked a little something like this: amazing projects, stellar reviews, fantastic clients, and a lot of fun.  We have worked on countless photography, video production, and interpreting projects in every corner of the globe and connected with some superbly talented and creative people.  Best of all, and most important to us, we have helped our clients make their productions a complete success.

Here is a very small handful of Global Media Desk reviews and highlights from 2014:

WORLD CUP: RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL

Satellite Link Services & Live Stand Ups for World Cup Games

Global Media Desk Review Brazil “Thank you very much for everything you did. We made it and our team was very pleased by the service provided.”
FaceTV

CITIES THROUGHOUT THE U.S.A., FRANKFURT, GERMANY, HONG KONG & LONDON, U.K.

Event & Airport Photography for Oracle

Global Media Desk Review Oracle “We were very pleased with the photos and noted how professional they look!  Oracle said they were “stunning”!”
-Natalie B., ZenithOptimedia

ALBERTA & QUEBEC, CANADA

Product Pack Photography for Beer Products

Global Media Desk Review Canada “Nice work! Thanks Global Media Desk!!!”
– George G., Nielsen

BANGKOK, THAILAND & THOOTHUKUDI, INDIA

Videographer for Shoot in Schools

Global Media Desk Review National Geographic  “The footage was very nicely done. The quality was great for all shots and the camera crew took a lot of additional shots around the school as well which we’re hoping to utilize in the program as well.”
– Marissa P., National Geographic

BALI, INDONESIA & SINGAPORE

Corporate Video Shoot for Airplane Manufacturer
“It was really a pleasure to work with Global Media Desk.  I appreciate the professionalism and the expertise of you team.  But it has been also a wonderful human adventure.  For sure, we will contact you if we have future request in yours countries.”
– Elio B., ATR

NAIROBI, KENYA

Interpreter for a U.S. Deposition
“The communications were great.   My biggest thank you goes out to you for the way our needs were met in such a prompt manner, last minute. You met our needs and exceeded our expectations. Made the booking a service from another continent as stress and hassle free as possible!”
– Amy, Orange Legal

HONG KONG

Sound Recordist for TV Shoot
 “Everything was excellent! Our sound recordist was very professional in his work & always right with the microphone.  He was a nice and reliable colleague and very helpful whenever we needed an idea where to shoot certain city impressions, or when we needed a taxi or we had language difficulties.”
– Melanie Y., ProSiebenSat.1 TV Deutschland GmbH

STAVANGER, NORWAY

Event Photographer for ONS 2014
“It was a pleasure working with GMD. I would recommend your services again to anyone needing a photographer.”
– Alex K., Projex Event Services LLC

AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS & COPENHAGEN, DENMARK

Video Crew for Green Screen Interview Shoots
“Thank you Global Media Desk. Both shoots went very well. The crews were great.”
– Doug P., DP Creative Group, LLC

SHANGHAI, CHINA

Consecutive Interpreter for Trade Fair
 “The quality of the service we received from Global Media Desk was excellent and we are incredibly happy with your firm.”
– Marian R., Pelican Bay

IZMIR, TURKEY

Gaffer & Sound Recordist for Docu Shoot
“The crew was great. Very professional and experienced.”
– Jamie H., MindOverMedia

HONG KONG

Videographer for Corporate Interview
 “Thank you for the quick turnaround. The video turned out very professional and of high quality.”
– Preston R., Footmarks, Inc.

BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA & SANTIAGO, CHILE

Consecutive Interpreters
 “Both interpreters were very high quality translators, and easy to get along with and work with.   Many thanks – and if I’m back in this neighborhood with similar requirements I know who to contact!”
– Paddy P., WSP Group

JAKARTA, INDONESIA & PARIS, FRANCE

Video Crew for Interview & B-Roll of the Cities
“I wanted to let you know that I am extremely happy with the crew that you arranged.   Thanks again for choosing just the right people for our project.”
– Virginia L., Pyramide Productions

SHENZHEN, CHINA & TAIPEI, TAIWAN

Consecutive Interpreters for Press Meetings
 “Our translator was professional, courteous and extremely helpful. We greatly appreciated working with you and would recommend you to other contacts.”
– Liz N., Nereus

PANAMA CITY, PANAMA

Simultaneous Interpreting Services
“The interpreters were excellent! Thank you so much.”
– Sinead H., MRO-Network

FRANKFURT, GERMANY

Video Crew for Corporate Shoot
 “The filming went very well. It opened my eyes to how pleasant it is to work with real pros.”
– Matt D., PolyOne Corporation

Here at the Global Media Desk, we are happy to facilitate any international project requirement you may have in the fields of film & video production, professional photography, and language services. Let us know about your project today: feel free to request a quote or contact us at any time.

The Best Filming Incentives in Europe

The Most Cost Effective Shooting Locations in Europe

With its varied landscapes, rich architecture and amazing scenery, Europe has always been a popular destination for film and video productions.  Adding to its already vast appeal are numerous filming cash and tax incentives that can add up to big savings and more shooting even on a small budget!  We have put together this quick, easy-to-read list of the best filming incentives in Europe.  You can use it when trying to decide where to shoot your next project.

Incentive Definitions

Film Production Rebate
A rebate (or grant) is funds paid to the production company based on the amount of qualifying expenditures, or jobs created in the state or country by the project. The production company does not need to file a tax return for rebates.

Film Refundable Tax Credits
A refundable tax credit is similar in function to a rebate, however, the production company must file a tax return to claim it, and receive a credit for taxes owed. Tax credits can sometimes be used as collateral to obtain a loan so that the production company receives an advance, which is usually discounted.

Film Transferable Tax Credits
A transferable tax credit may be sold or assigned to a local taxpayer. Some states offer transferable tax credits, which allow production companies to sell or get a refund for tax credits that they are not able to use. Many times brokers are used to perform these transactions.

Film Non-Refundable, Non-Transferable Tax Credits
This type of tax credit can be used to offset a production company’s current tax liability, and can be carried forward for a set time, but not transferred to third parties.

Filming Incentives in Europe by Country

Each country has specific requirements that need to be met to qualify for the incentive programs and many also have an annual cap on the amount of funds to be awarded under their incentive program. You can find more in-depth information about each country’s incentive program by clicking on the links provided.

Austria

25% cash rebate of qualifying production expenditure
www.locationaustria.at

Croatia

20% cash rebate of local spend
www.havc.hr

Czech Republic

20% cash rebate of qualifying local spend to companies or individuals registered to pay Czech Republic (CR) income tax & 10% on payments to individuals who are not registered to pay income tax but do pay withholding tax in the CR
www.filmcommission.cz

France

20% refundable tax rebate of qualifying local spend
www.filmfrance.net

Germany

20% cash rebate of qualifying local spend (up to 80% of the total production costs)
www.dfff-ffa.de

Hungary

20% tax credit of qualifying local spend and 5% bonus if portion of the film is shot elsewhere in Europe. Incentive has been raised to 25% of qualifying local spend, approved by the European Commission June 2014, effective date to be announced.
www.mnf.hu/en

Iceland

20% cash rebate of qualifying local spend as well as all European Economic Area spend if > 80% of the film or television costs are incurred locally
www.filminiceland.com

Ireland

28% cash rebate of qualifying local spend
www.irishfilmboard.ie

Lithuania

20% tax incentive of local qualifying spend
www.lkc.lt/en

Malta

20%–27% cash rebate on qualifying expenditures incurred in Malta
www.mfc.com.mt

Netherlands

30% cash rebate
www.filmcommission.nl

United Kingdom

20%–25% cash rebate of UK qualifying film production expenditure
www.britishfilmcommission.org.uk

The information stated herein is for reference only and based on a source using data as of December 2014. Make sure you consult a qualified tax adviser and professional who is familiar with tax incentive programs to determine the best fit for your project.