“Mediocrity knows nothing higher than itself; but talent instantly  recognizes genius.”  —Sir Arthur  Conan Doyle

“Let us celebrate the occasion with wine and sweet words.” —Plautus

We are gratified by the success of our colleagues as exemplified by the  2015 LMGA Awards. Truly an expression of excellence on locations  worldwide, location professionals around the globe were thrilled to seeing   acknowledgment of our craft. In this issue, we celebrate our SRO awards  show at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts. The gala  included Alfre Woodard, Debbie Allen, Ted Lange and Oscar-nominated  producer Caroline Baron, as well as members of the industry press corps. Attendees flew in from all over the USA, as well as South Africa, England, Jordan, Iceland and Germany. Multinational colleagues celebrated each other—our differences, similarities and contributions to the industry.

We also explore omnipresent tax incentives and their impact on the location commu- nity. Chris Fuentes’ “Boom or Bust: A Hard Look at Film Incentives” and the Haber/ Balton companion piece “A Necessary Evil? Incentives, Take Two” present different views on the realities of attracting film revenue.

In a conversation with LMGA Award-nominated location manager David Broder (The Imitation Game), writer Alexandra Zeevalkink returns with her series “Scouting Across the Pond.” UK native Broder takes us on a delightful tour of his three favorite locations.

Continuing the celebration of our far-flung community, we look at life after location managing with Mark Indig’s “The Third Half.” Balancing Mark’s foray into photography (creativity) are the tales of LuAnne Cadd (humanitarian) and Cassandra Heredia (lo- gistics to the nth power). We hone a variety of talents in our demanding jobs.

And finally, attorney Bert Krages offers sage advice about knowing and protecting your creative rights as photographers and artists.

Our departments in each issue include “Career Focus,” “In My City,” “In the News” and “Martini Shot.” Articles and photography submissions by members are always encouraged.

As we greet the return of spring, take a moment to savor the fact that we are fortu- nate indeed, as location professionals, to be a part of such a joyous, creative and vital community.

Always a pleasure, never too busy,

Marie, Stevie, Ken and Lori