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Film Industry in Santa Clarita is Booming

By ROSANNA WOO Staff Reporter The number of filming permits issued in May increased over the same period from a year ago, according to figures released by the City of Santa Clarita. Film permits issued in May 2007 increased to 27 in comparison to the 14 issued in May 2006. So far that means a 4 percent increase in issued permits in fiscal year 2006-2007 over fiscal year 2005-2006. In terms of film days, the city saw a 15 percent increase this fiscal year over fiscal year 2005-2006. Just in May 2007, the total was 54 film days. Television shows as well as commercial and feature film production have contributed to the city’s estimated $19.6 million economic impact. Film analyst Jessica Freude credits the entertainment industry’s increased interest in Santa Clarita to the film-friendly city, comprehensive website, active public relations, and the lowest permit fees in L.A. The basic standard rate for a motion picture film permit is $378, which is good for two weeks and includes up to 10 filming locations. A still picture permit is $86 and non-profit and student permits are free. Such shows currently being filmed on location include HBO’s “Big Love,” Deadwood” and “John from Cincinnati,” CBS’s “NCIS” and “The Unit,” Nickelodeon’s “Zoey 101” and FX’s “The Riches.” Recently filmed in Santa Clarita were the two films “Charlie Wilson’s War” and “Stop Loss.”

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