July 12, 2013 |
Santa Clarita's film business reached a record level in the last fiscal year, fueled by such television shows as "Justified" and "Franklin and Bash. " The suburban northern Los Angeles County city generated 1,069 film days in the year ended June 30, an 18% increase compared to last year's level, which was also a record, the city said. Film and TV productions spent an estimated $25.7 million in the Santa Clarita area during the fiscal year, up 22% from the prior year. "Santa Clarita is one of Hollywood's first choices for location filming, as shown by yet another strong year for location filming,” Mayor Bob Kellar said in a statement. “Filming is a big part of our business community and local economy, supporting high-paying jobs and hundreds of companies involved in the industry.” ON LOCATION: Where the cameras roll In March 2012, the City Council approved a three-year extension of the city's Film Incentive Program, which refunds permit fees to locally-based productions, those that film on location four or more times in a year, as well as those that qualified for the state of California's film and television tax credit program. Santa Clarita locations have doubled for many cities around the world, including New York, Washington and Paris.
June 25, 2013 |
Despite a near-record number of pilots made here this year, Los Angeles is still struggling to keep television production in town. Out of 186 television pilots this season, 96 were produced in the Los Angeles region, the second-largest annual tally in the city's history, according to a study by FilmL.A., a nonprofit group that handles film permits for the city and county. However, the region continued to see a troubling slide in its share of the overall pilot production pie -- especially in the lucrative category of one-hour dramas -- as New York and rival cities grabbed a larger share of business, the report said.
May 1, 2013 |
Hollywood North is going south. That's the fear among many in the once-booming production community in Vancouver, Canada. Although Vancouver still attracts high-profile movies and television shows, including A&E's recently launched "Bates Motel," the city is rapidly losing its perch as one of the industry's busiest production hubs as it faces rising competition from cities in eastern Canada and south of the border. The city that pioneered the use of film incentives now finds itself struggling to compete with emerging rivals offering stronger tax credits and rebates.
March 27, 2013 |
In offices that once housed Google, four computer geeks pursue their quest for a killer mobile app. Their technology incubator, with its angular, modern furniture and shared kitchen and conference rooms, would be recognizable to any Silicon Valley entrepreneur. But this start-up space was found in Silicon Beach. The Santa Monica offices provided the backdrop for "Betas," one of 14 series pilots put into production by Amazon Studios, the production arm of Amazon.com. PHOTOS: Hollywood Backlot moments The show, which will also film at a house in Encino and other locations around L.A., is the latest in a wave of digital productions that have taken off in recent years, as YouTube, Yahoo, AOL, Hulu and others have invested millions of dollars in developing original programming for the Web. Most of the new digital shows are produced locally.
March 19, 2013 |
In an effort to kick-start original television production, Tribune Co. has hired Matt Cherniss, a former Fox and Warner Bros. executive, as president of WGN America and head of a newly formed Tribune Studios. Cherniss will be responsible for strategy and day-to-day operations at both properties. He will spearhead efforts to create original content for Tribune's 23 television stations as well as cable channel WGN America. Tribune is seeking to establish a beachhead in Hollywood.
March 11, 2013 |
Good news emerged Monday for backers of the "Breaking Bad" bill in New Mexico. The New Mexico Senate passed a bill that would increase the state's film rebate to 30% for TV series shooting at least six episodes in New Mexico, up from 25%. The bill, intended to lure other TV series to the state - like AMC's hit series "Breaking Bad" - was previously approved by the state House and now goes to Gov. Susana Martinez, who is expected to approve the...