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City smashes all previous film records

Year-end tally marks three consecutive years of record-breaking numbers

Posted: January 7, 2014 5:48 p.m.
Updated: January 7, 2014 5:48 p.m.

In this Signal file photo, camera operator Rob Carlson, left, and 2nd assistant James Troost prepare to shoot a scene for the CBS primetime drama NCIS. Filming activity in the Santa Clarita Valley has risen for a third straight year, generating an estimated $30.5 million in 2013.

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A record number of film permits were issued last year in Santa Clarita — more than in any previous year, according to the city’s film office.

Santa Clarita saw more days of filming and issued more film permits than in any previous year, said Russell Sypowicz, Santa Clarita economic development associate.

The stepped-up activity also spawned more economic activity in the region than in any previous year, Sypowicz estimated Monday.

“All of the stats broke records. The 2013 numbers broke the 2012 records, which broke the 2011 records,” he said. “We’ve set records for the last three consecutive calendar years.”

And those numbers don’t even reflect all the filming activity that took place at the local studios or movie ranches. The permits issued are only for location filming.

More than 6,000 film industry people live in Santa Clarita, according to Jason Crawford, marketing and economic development manager for the city of Santa Clarita. That local talent pool makes filming locally attractive to filmmakers.

Offering incentives, lower fees and an easy permitting process, the city focuses on attracting television productions in the city to provide quality, long-term jobs for residents, Sypowicz said.

“Currently, we are proud to be home to “NCIS,” “Franklin & Bash,” “Justified,” “Switched at Birth,” “Operation Repo” and “Chasing Life,” he said. “And they each come off their stages to film on location in Santa Clarita from time to time.”

Santa Clarita is also home to thousands of locations that can double as almost any city in the world, Sypowicz said.
“We’re very hopeful 2014 will bring continued success for the film industry in Santa Clarita.”



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