August 25, 1999 |
A groan goes up from the teenagers clinging to a dusty traffic island in the middle of Times Square: Apparently MTV, whose glass-walled studio they've been peering up toward in hopes of waving to their friends at home, isn't shooting outdoors this afternoon. "We risked our lives just to get here and be on MTV," wails Cynthia Hempel, 16, of Connecticut, as cars and smelly buses stream past, inches from her toes.
January 23, 1999 |
Underscoring the cooling-off of Southern California's entertainment economy, shooting on the streets of Los Angeles dipped sharply last year as tighter spending sliced into film, TV and commercial production. The numbers released Friday by Entertainment Industry Development Corp., which issues permits for about 80% of the shooting done in Los Angeles County, show an overall drop of 4% in production days, or days spent shooting in areas of Los Angeles outside of sound stages.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 13, 1998 |
Fade in. Exterior, day. Jerry's apartment building. Jerry's fellow tenants are coming home from a shopping trip. "Ayudeme con los Pampers." "Mira, no tengo llave." "Ay . . . ni yo tampoco!" Laughter up. Applause. Yada, yada, yada. * I have seen "Seinfeld" twice: Once, because everyone else in the home where I was a guest was watching it, and a second time when I was chained to a wall in an Argentine prison. OK, I lied about the prison. All I'm saying is, I wasn't struck by sitcom lightning.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 20, 1997 |
Drive out past the grasshopper wells, past the lemon orchards, up toward Ojai, and you enter another world: Santa Ventura Studios. There, tucked away in the old Mills School, actors, directors and producers scurry from one set to another. Makeup artists paint faces and editors sit before giant TV screens, cutting and clipping.
December 16, 1997 |
The Greater Oxnard Economic Development Corp. is starting a major campaign to attract lucrative entertainment-industry productions to the area. As part of the campaign, the EDC is compiling a guidebook of Oxnard sites for television and movie producers, as well as building Web pages to profile those locations. The Web site also will have information about the permit process, and companies interested in filming in Oxnard will be able to complete and submit their permit applications online.
December 7, 1997 |
NORTHERN EXPOSURE Seattle is the locale for NBC's hit Emmy Award-winning comedy "Frasier." The city was also the location for the 1968-70 ABC series "Here Come the Brides." In fact, Perry Como scored a hit with the series' theme song, "Seattle." Josh Brand and John Falsey's acclaimed 1987-88 NBC drama series "A Year in the Life" also was set in Seattle. MOVERS Some sitcoms changed locales during their run.
March 24, 1997 |
Louis J. Horvitz is no stranger to the big leagues. He won an Emmy last September for directing the Kennedy Center Honors. In January, he directed the halftime extravaganza at the Super Bowl. Still, calling the shots on tonight's 69th Academy Awards show, he says, is most definitely in a class by itself. "It's the cachet of the Oscars--not the numbers," Horvitz said, referring to the 1 billion people expected to tune in from 100 countries worldwide.
March 3, 1997 |
The Mammoth Mountain Ski Area says it successfully objected to plans to use Mammoth Lakes as the name of the locale in the recent TV movie "Volcano: Fire on the Mountain" after finding the script "offensive and exaggerated." After discussions between representatives of the ski area and producers at Davis Entertainment Co. of Century City, the name of the setting for the ABC film was changed to Angel Lakes, both parties confirmed.
February 14, 1997 |
Television executives looking to duplicate the meteoric success of "The Rosie O'Donnell Show" can study time slots, demographics, viewing trends and the like. Or they can just ask an 11-year-old to decode the puzzle for them. O'Donnell is "like another person, but then, a lot of people know her, so she's a star," reasoned Angela Taylor of Ojai at Universal Studios theme park last weekend.