Santa Clarita Bucks Runaway Production Trend as a California Filming Hot Spot

Santa Clarita Filming Hotspot

While California fights to prevent runaway production, the city of Santa Clarita, 25 miles north of Hollywood, has quietly become a shooting hot spot.

“We attribute this to our film-friendly approach and low permit fees,” says Santa Clarita Film Office economic development associate Russell Sypowicz. The area includes more than 20 soundstages and 10 movie ranches. In 2009 the city established a local incentive program to provides a permit fee refund to all qualified productions.

Santa Clarita just had its best August ever, with 100 film days, up 19% year on year. That generated an economic impact of $2.5 million, up 43% from 2013. “ ‘NCIS’ is based here,” says  Sypowicz, noting that locally based shows qualify for the incentive program, as well as productions that pass muster for the state credit fund.

The Bridge,” “Franklin & Bash” and “Justified” are among the series that shoot in the city. Features “American Sniper” and “Fast &  Furious 7” also filmed there. Many film crew members live in the area. “We really like TV because it’s long term,” Sypowicz says. “We have (local) people who have worked on ‘JAG’ and (then) ‘NCIS’ for over 20 years.”

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  1. Olsen says:

    Once upon a time it was the film industry who needed California now it’s the other way around. I heard recently even with this new TV and film credit, the industry could still lose jobs. With the worst drought in the state’s history California cannot catch a break. LA has become the Detroit of the film industry, the same people who rail against the system that has made them rich and the tax cuts for the wealthy are the same who ask for tax cuts themselves when its their industry in trouble.

    • Mike says:

      If states like Georgia, Louisiana, North Carolina & New York, to name a few, weren’t doling out tax breaks then the businesses here in California wouldn’t have much to worry about. Also, I wouldn’t call LA “Detroit”. Sure things are bad but they’re not that bad.

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