L.A. school district lowers price of campus film shoots

The cash-strapped school district wants to be head of the class in Hollywood, so it’s lowered the price for campus location shooting.

The Board of Education on Monday heeded a request from the mayor’s office to immediately slash the filming price for schools from $ 3,000 to $ 1,500 per day.

Six-month review

The program will be reviewed in six months to see if it has made the district more money.

“This is part of an overall effort to keep the film industry here and to improve the economy in Los Angeles,” said David Koch, the district’s business manager.

$ 425,000 funding

The Los Angeles Unified School District received about $ 425,000 from filming in the 1992-93 school year.

But the $ 3,000-a-day rate was “very high and it probably has discouraged the use of their facilities,” said Jack Foreman, president of the Los Angeles Film Development Committee and vice president and general manager for Warner Hollywood Studios.

Fee complaints

Charles Weisenberg, director of the city’s Motion Picture and Television Division, said the city has received some complaints about the district’s fees.

By comparison, the nearby Burbank Unified School District charges filmmakers $ 750 to $ 1,200 per day, said Kathleen Schaedler, the district’s senior administrative secretary of business services.

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