O.C. proud to be ‘Hollywood South’

County maintains strong ties to industry

Hollywood can’t get enough of Orange Counrty. Josh Schwartz and McG’s hugely popular and now-canceled teen skein “The OC” put the county’s nickname on the map, and reality TV can’t seem to get enough of the county, from MTV’s “Laguna Beach” and “The Hills” to “Life of Ryan” and Bravo’s “Real Housewives of Orange County.”

Ron Howard’s upcoming “Frost/ Nixon” most recently tapped the former winter White House in San Clemente as a location, while “Iron Man” and Fox’s “24” have made use of inland locales.

However, the Hollywood-O.C. connection goes back to the earliest days of filmmaking, as the area debuted in a Buster Keaton two-reeler and then became a retreat for some of the Golden Age’s top stars like Shirley Temple, Lauren Bacall and Humphrey Bogart.

Indeed, Orange County’s John Wayne Airport was named for the film icon whose family continues to reside in the area.

The Duke was an avid yachtsman, and his ship the Wild Goose is in Newport Harbor, available for charter, with his stateroom intact.

And of course there’s Disneyland, California Adventure and Downtown Disney — the epic Anaheim empire started by Walt Disney that’s the No. 1 entertainment draw in the state.

Moreover, the area has spawned numerous notable talents, including James Cameron (Brea), Will Ferrell (Irvine), Kevin Costner (a Cal State Fullerton grad) and Michelle Pfeiffer (Santa Ana). Some, like McG and his grade school bud Mark McGrath of Sugar Ray, call it home. They’ve partnered in the revamping of Newport Beach’s signature spot the Arches, updating it with restaurateurs Tim and Liza Goodell while retaining an old-school vibe. It will open soon under the moniker A Restaurant.

Producers favor the O.C. for location production, and an estimated 65,000 residents work in the industry. “We have our own (IATSE) branch,” says Janice Arrington, Orange County film commissioner. “We like being referred to as Hollywood South.”

More Film

  • No Merchandising. Editorial Use Only. No

    Box Office: 'Equalizer 2' Narrowly Edges Past 'Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again' to Land at No. 1

    Hollywood can’t get enough of Orange Counrty. Josh Schwartz and McG’s hugely popular and now-canceled teen skein “The OC” put the county’s nickname on the map, and reality TV can’t seem to get enough of the county, from MTV’s “Laguna Beach” and “The Hills” to “Life of Ryan” and Bravo’s “Real Housewives of Orange County.” […]

  • Durban FilmMart Celebrates Women as Industry

    Durban FilmMart Celebrates Women as Industry Still Struggles With Transformation

    Hollywood can’t get enough of Orange Counrty. Josh Schwartz and McG’s hugely popular and now-canceled teen skein “The OC” put the county’s nickname on the map, and reality TV can’t seem to get enough of the county, from MTV’s “Laguna Beach” and “The Hills” to “Life of Ryan” and Bravo’s “Real Housewives of Orange County.” […]

  • MayFair, directed by Sara Blecher

    Sara Blecher’s ‘Mayfair’ Brings Feminine Gaze to Gangster Tale

    Hollywood can’t get enough of Orange Counrty. Josh Schwartz and McG’s hugely popular and now-canceled teen skein “The OC” put the county’s nickname on the map, and reality TV can’t seem to get enough of the county, from MTV’s “Laguna Beach” and “The Hills” to “Life of Ryan” and Bravo’s “Real Housewives of Orange County.” […]

  • Todd Brown, XYZ Films

    African Finance Under Spotlight at Durban FilmMart  

    Hollywood can’t get enough of Orange Counrty. Josh Schwartz and McG’s hugely popular and now-canceled teen skein “The OC” put the county’s nickname on the map, and reality TV can’t seem to get enough of the county, from MTV’s “Laguna Beach” and “The Hills” to “Life of Ryan” and Bravo’s “Real Housewives of Orange County.” […]

  • Ryan Reynolds'Deadpool' panel, Comic-Con International, San

    Ryan Reynolds Wants to Explore Deadpool's Bisexuality in Future Films

    Hollywood can’t get enough of Orange Counrty. Josh Schwartz and McG’s hugely popular and now-canceled teen skein “The OC” put the county’s nickname on the map, and reality TV can’t seem to get enough of the county, from MTV’s “Laguna Beach” and “The Hills” to “Life of Ryan” and Bravo’s “Real Housewives of Orange County.” […]

  • Mandatory Credit: Photo by Invision/AP/REX/Shutterstock (9243328q)From

    Jonathan Gold, Pulitzer Prize-Winning Restaurant Critic, Dies at 57

    Hollywood can’t get enough of Orange Counrty. Josh Schwartz and McG’s hugely popular and now-canceled teen skein “The OC” put the county’s nickname on the map, and reality TV can’t seem to get enough of the county, from MTV’s “Laguna Beach” and “The Hills” to “Life of Ryan” and Bravo’s “Real Housewives of Orange County.” […]

  • Johnny Depp Amber Heard

    Johnny Depp, Amber Heard Appear Moments Apart at WB's Comic-Con Panel

    Hollywood can’t get enough of Orange Counrty. Josh Schwartz and McG’s hugely popular and now-canceled teen skein “The OC” put the county’s nickname on the map, and reality TV can’t seem to get enough of the county, from MTV’s “Laguna Beach” and “The Hills” to “Life of Ryan” and Bravo’s “Real Housewives of Orange County.” […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content