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Archive By Section - Business Journal Stories


Developer Uses its Film Division to Handle Location Filming Requests

With acres and acres of open land, developer Newhall Land has its own film division to handle the request for filming on its properties.

September 03, 2014 | By Jana Adkins SCVBJ Editor | Business Journal Stories


Runaway Film Production Leads to Loss of High Wage Jobs

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.

September 03, 2014 | By Jana Adkins SCVBJ Editor | Business Journal Stories


Filming Helps Support Redevelopment Area

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.

September 03, 2014 | By Jana Adkins SCVBJ Editor | Business Journal Stories


Film Incentive Program Serves as Economic Driver to Support Businesses

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?

September 03, 2014 | By Jana Adkins SCVBJ Editor | Business Journal Stories


More Movie Ranches Expected to Join City’s Movie Overlay Zone

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.

September 03, 2014 | By Jana Adkins SCVBJ Editor | Business Journal Stories


Technical Special Effects Company Customizes Illusions

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.

September 03, 2014 | By Jana Adkins SCVBJ Editor | Business Journal Stories


Six Bills to Watch as the Legislative Session Comes to an End

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.

September 02, 2014 | By Stuart Waldman, President | Business Journal Stories


“I Like Him, He’s Nice But …the Job Isn’t Getting Done”

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."

September 02, 2014 | By Ken Keller | Business Journal Stories


From Oscars and Rad Games to Blockbusters and Indie Sensations: CalArts School of Film/Video’s World

CalArts School of Film/Video by the numbers:

September 02, 2014 | Submitted by CalArts | Business Journal Stories


Santa Clarita: Home to Disney’s Movie Ranch

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.

September 02, 2014 | By Jana Adkins SCVBJ Editor | Business Journal Stories


City’s Incubator Plans to Set Itself Apart From Unsuccessful Ones

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.

September 02, 2014 | By Jana Adkins SCVBJ Editor | Business Journal Stories


Hoping California’s Proposed Film Tax Credit Helps the Industry Compete

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.

September 02, 2014 | By Jana Adkins SCVBJ Editor | Business Journal Stories


Roundtable: Filming in the SCV

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.

September 02, 2014 | By Jana Adkins SCVBJ Editor | Business Journal Stories


Filming From Valencia to London to Morocco

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.

September 02, 2014 | By Jana Adkins SCVBJ Editor | Business Journal Stories


Businesses Profit from Location Filming in Hollywood North

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.

September 02, 2014 | By Jana Adkins SCVBJ Editor | Business Journal Stories


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2014: Year In Review

JANUARY

November 26, 2014 | Signal Staff | Business Journal Stories


Buyer Beware: Don’t Sign Petitions to Undo Statewide Plastic Bag Ban

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.

November 26, 2014 | By Stuart Waldman President, VICA | Business Journal Stories


Four Words, Nineteen Letters

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.

November 26, 2014 | By Ken Keller | Business Journal Stories


Popular Mechanics Salutes Boston Scientific

Valencia's Boston Scientific was given a 2014 Breakthrough Award for its Precision Spectra Spinal Cord Stimulator System.

October 29, 2014 | By SCVBJ Staff | Business Journal Stories


MannKind Business Spotlight: Lessons Learned

How MannKind Would Change How They Conduct Clinical Trials in the Future

October 27, 2014 | By Jana Adkins SCVBJ Editor | Business Journal Stories


SCV Company poised to help fight Ebola virus

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.

October 27, 2014 | By Jana Adkins SCVBJ Editor | Business Journal Stories


Making the Case for Boosting California's Biomedical Industry

SCVBJ: Economically speaking, why is the biomedical industry important to California and why should it be protected?

October 27, 2014 | By Jana Adkins SCVBJ Editor | Business Journal Stories


Governor’s Bill Signing Choices Prompt Age-Old Question: What Was He Thinking?

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.

October 27, 2014 | Stuart Waldman, President Valley Industry and Commerce Association | Business Journal Stories


How to Lose Your Top Employees

Many executives including those who lead human resources often state, "Our employees are our greatest asset." In many companies, employees are the business.

October 27, 2014 | By Ken Keller | Business Journal Stories


Changing Environment – Hospitals

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.

October 27, 2014 | By Roger Seaver, President and CEO Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital | Business Journal Stories


Providence Launches $150 Million Venture Capital Fund

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.

October 27, 2014 | By Jana Adkins SCVBJ Editor | Business Journal Stories


Audi’s Pursuit of Automated Driving Technology

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.

October 27, 2014 | By Jana Adkins SCVBJ Editor | Business Journal Stories


Medical Sleuths Solve Mystery Illnesses Using the Wisdom of the Crowd

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.

October 27, 2014 | By Jana Adkins SCVBJ Editor | Business Journal Stories


Home-growing a Biomedical Cluster by Creating Shared Space

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.

October 27, 2014 | By Jana Adkins SCVBJ Editor | Business Journal Stories


Why Funding is Scarce for Startup Biomedical Companies

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.

October 27, 2014 | By Jana Adkins SCVBJ Editor | Business Journal Stories


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