L.A. honors WB pic for shooting much of the pic locally

“Argo” is picking up another trophy, thanks to the City of Los Angeles presenting its 2013 Made in Hollywood award to Warner Bros. Entertainment for shooting much of the film in Los Angeles.

City Council member Tom LaBonge will present the award to Chairman and CEO Barry Meyer at the studio on Thursday. “The Artist” won the “Made in Hollywood” award last year.

“Argo” was shot in 2011 from August to November, spending an estimated $31 million on production in Los Angeles, including $18.9 million on local hiring, $3.6 milliion on rentals, $3 million on local cast and extras, $1.4 million on location fees, $475,747 on catering, bakery and other food, $441,663 on hardware and lumber, $401,738 on wardrobe and $327, 917 on security.

Local locations included the Beverly Hilton Hotel; a Veterans Affairs facility in North Hills, standing in for the U.S. Embassy in Tehran; a home in Hancock Park, which became the Canadian ambassador’s house; Ontario International Airport; the Los Angeles Times building, which served as CIA headquarters in Langley, Va.; Zsa Zsa Gabor’s home in Beverly Hills, depicted as the home of Alan Arkin’s producer character; and the Smoke House Restaurant in Burbank, next to Warner Bros.

“Argo” had qualified for the California Film & Television Tax Credit, which launched in 2009 with a $75 million cap on feature projects and a maximum tax credit of 25%. The program uses a lottery system to select recipients as demand far exceeds supply with $100 milliion in total credits available annually.

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