With acres and acres of open land, developer Newhall Land has its own film division to handle the request for filming on its properties.
As film flight continued between 2004 and 2012, the film industry lost more than 16,000 jobs according the latest report by the Milken Institute. These aren't just any jobs either. They're high-paying middle class jobs with wages that can average $98,500 per person – jobs that contribute to the state revenues and provide sustainable incomes that allow the workers to spend that money in their local communities.
As the historic downtown Old Town Newhall district continues to undergo a renaissance, some of the retailers in the business district have used filming to supplement the bottom line, produce income for vacant buildings or fund charitable efforts in giving back to the community.
The city's Film Incentive Program was put in place in 2009 to "drive economic activity" in Santa Clarita. We asked Jason Crawford, economic development manager and overseeing the city's film office, what exactly does that mean?
Providing expedited permit processing and notably lower permit fees than neighboring cities, the city of Santa Clarita is readying to expand the number of ranches it includes it includes in its Movie Ranch Overlay Zone.
Influenced by working for the Disney special effects department, Monte Lunde and Rock Hall struck out on their own and opened their own entertainment systems company, Technifex, in 1984.
The last month for the California Senate and Assembly to pass or kill bills this year has begun. At the end of August, Gov. Jerry Brown will have one month to sign or veto bills that make it through the Legislature. Many of the bills that have had been on the Valley Industry & Commerce Association's (VICA) radar in 2014 are still in circulation, for better or for worse.
In the best seller "Good to Great," author Jim Collins states that any organization that wants to improve should start by getting the right people, as he says, "on the bus and the wrong people off it."
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Back when Walt Disney founded California Institute of the Arts and the Disney movie ranch in Santa Clarita, few would have predicted how successful the filming industry would become locally. When the two entities were founded more than five decades ago, Santa Clarita was mostly a sleepy backwoods rural area in Los Angeles County.
As the city of Santa Clarita gears up to open its incubator program, targeting creative industries, it is working with a number of business organizations to publish the application process for interested startup companies.
Hoping to keep film production in California, lawmakers moved to quadruple tax credits as an incentive to keep the state's homegrown film industry at home. The state Senate Appropriations Committee approved a bill that would boost total subsidies to $400 million a year.
The California's Legislative Analyst's office reported that gross output of the U.S. motion picture industry in 2012 was $120 billion – more than natural gas distribution ($82 billion). And in analyzing the value of a state tax credit to keep filming in California, the office noted that the state lost 13 percent of the industry's jobs in only eight years.
As a high-end performance car corners the curve on a canyon road during a chase scene, one car flips in a crash as helicopters descend heading for the lead car. And special effects engineering company for the stunt industry, J.E.M. F/X, is on the movie set.
TV crews from the series "NCIS" built a fake safety deposit room inside the break room of the Bank of Santa Clarita's main branch in which the cameramen shot a few hours of film. By the time the editing was completed, the scene probably only made it into three or four minutes of the TV show.
You may have already noticed petition gatherers buzzing around grocery stores, asking for your signature to undo the historic statewide plastic bag ban signed into law just weeks ago by California Gov. Jerry Brown. The ban received support from a broad coalition of industry, labor, and environmental groups.
The Great Wall of China can be seen from space. It's an impressive display of what can happen when a goal is set and resources are allocated and executed.
Valencia's Boston Scientific was given a 2014 Breakthrough Award for its Precision Spectra Spinal Cord Stimulator System.
How MannKind Would Change How They Conduct Clinical Trials in the Future
As the nation's top health officials worked to assure Congress they can halt the spread of the Ebola virus in the U.S., Santa Clarita-based UltraViolet Devices Inc., and its partner The Clorox Company, is busy fielding calls for help.
SCVBJ: Economically speaking, why is the biomedical industry important to California and why should it be protected?
September 30 marked the deadline for Gov. Jerry Brown to either sign or veto the legislation that managed to reach his desk. With the state of California fighting to recover economically, this date offered a chance to either expedite or hinder the process of reaching stability. Predictably, the Governor's bill signing frenzy this year was no exception to the passage of well-intentioned but ridiculous bills in years past.
Many executives including those who lead human resources often state, "Our employees are our greatest asset." In many companies, employees are the business.
The changing environment of health care via the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the expansion of Medicaid grab the headlines, and rightly so. These efforts have a major impact on the financing and delivery of health care. Nationally, the impact on hospitals appears to be slightly positive as the payments available for the previously uninsured reduce the bad debts and charity care historically provided.
Providence Health & Services has launched a venture capital fund aimed at driving innovations across the health care system to improve quality, lower costs and create better outcomes, the healthcare organization announced.
Auto manufacturer Audi was the first company to receive a newly created autonomous driving permit issued by California as a new set of regulations governing the testing of automated driving on the state's roads took effect.
Inspired by his sister's serious, and undiagnosed, medical condition, Jared Heyman founded CrowdMed, a venture-backed Silicon Valley startup which harnesses the wisdom of crowds to help solve even the world's most difficult medical cases.
Seizing on a golden opportunity to bring additional support to the region's biomedical industry, the Santa Clarita Valley Economic Development Corp. is going after a federal Science and Research Park Development Grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce and Economic Development Administration.
We ask Matt Ridenour, investor, lecturer at UCLA Anderson School of Management, and CEO of ZevTechnologies why seed money and early stage funding is so difficult to come by for biomedical startups.