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2014 Industry Forecast: Filming in the Santa Clarita Valley

The SCVBJ asked local experts to share business forecasts for the coming year

Posted: December 21, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: December 21, 2013 2:00 a.m.
 

Mike DeLorenzo, president

Santa Clarita Studios

A full-service, independent studio featuring 10 sound stages ranging from 12,000 to 28,000 square feet. Each stage has attached 3,600 square feet of additional plush production offices and large bullpen.


1. What kind of growth do you foresee in 2014 for your industry?

I see tremendous growth if the Sacramento approves increases and extends the film tax credit. I see zero growth and a loss if Sacramento does not extend the film credit. That difference to the state of California is equal to billions of dollars.

2. What opportunities are ahead?

We will have the opportunity to bring back billions - money we have given away to these other states in the last five years, states that offer film credits.

3. What challenges is your industry facing?

Whether the state extends or increases the taxes. We lost so much last year. If they don’t increase it, there’s no question we’ll lose more filming. There will be more runaway productions. Our number one competition is the (city) of Atlanta. They have some very lucrative tax credits with unlimited amounts for filming. New York is second and then Louisiana.

The majority of production in California is television. It all goes back to tax credits. Ten years ago features were shot in California. And more TV series than ever in history are being shot in New York and Atlanta. California is no longer the film capital of the United States. We have less than 50 percent of the production.

The state told aerospace to go away. It needs tourism and filming.

4. What kind of support does your industry need?

We’ve worked through the unions, they’ve all made concessions. And we still have the best filmmakers in the world here. But we’re losing too many California filmmakers. Unfortunately, they’re relocating.

5. What plans does your company have for 2014?

Our hopes and prayers are that the film tax credit is extended. We plan on building additional sound stages and adding additional employees to our staff. We’re shooting “Justified” for season five now, and we’re in the third season of “Switched at Birth.” We also have the first season of “Chasing Life” coming Jan. 6. And we’re filming “Braddock&Jackson” with Kelsey Grammer and Martin Lawrence.

In February, “Franklin & Bash” will be back for the fourth season. And we just wrapped up a George Lopez show titled “Saint George” and a feature with Aaron Eckhart in “Incarnate.”

If “Saint George” and ““Braddock & Jackson” is a success it could be here for many years.

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