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Film Production Grows in Santa Clarita

Film and television production rose 2 percent last year in Santa Clarita, making it the busiest year ever for production, the city announced Wednesday. The city’s film office issued 362 permits totaling 919 film days. Productions include television series “Vegas” and “NCIS,” and feature films “Gangster Squad” and “The Guilt Trip.” In 2011, the city issued 359 permits for 901 film days. The film office defines a film day as a production filming at one location on a single day. If a production films at multiple locations on one day, each location is considered as a film day. The city credited an incentive program that reduces film permit costs, as well as partnerships with the business community, to explain the increase. Local production spending totaled $21.7 million, a 12 percent increase from the estimated 2011 economic impact of $19.4 million, according to the film office. “Thanks to the many benefits of filming in Santa Clarita and the incentives provided by the city, the film industry continues to contribute to the economic success of Santa Clarita,” said Mayor Bob Kellar, in a prepared statement. Last year, the City Council extended the incentive program for three years. It specifically reduces the cost of safety personnel used on location shots and refunds certain permit fees for productions based in and filming frequently in the city. Since the incentive program started in 2009, the city has refunded more than $188,000 in permit fees.

Mark Madler
Mark Madler
Mark R. Madler covers aviation & aerospace, manufacturing, technology, automotive & transportation, media & entertainment and the Antelope Valley. He joined the company in February 2006. Madler previously worked as a reporter for the Burbank Leader. Before that, he was a reporter for the City News Bureau of Chicago and several daily newspapers in the suburban Chicago area. He has a bachelor’s of science degree in journalism from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
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