Supervisors Want to Attract TV Shows and Movies
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Riverside County wants to bring Hollywood to our backyards by making our area the most friendly place in California to shoot a TV show or movie.
California has lost many major feature films in the past decade, Riverside County Supervisors want to bring that business back.
Tuesday they voted to form a committee to find ways to make that happen.
Every January, the red carpet is rolled out for the Palm Springs International Film Festival.
And we also have local production companies, but Supervisor John Benoit says we could have more.
"I met with a number of different producers and you know there's a universal feeling that its too bad that we have to do so much of this filming overseas, in Canada, and we're leaving California because of the expenses, so the dialogue was, what could we do to entice you to stay," said Benoit.
Mitch Blumberg is on the board of directors for Palm Springs Women in Film and Television, and says Riverside County offers a lot of different benefits, including scenery.
"When I was a studio executive, I was at RKO Pictures, we used to own a big ranch in the San Fernando Valley, like all the big studios did for our western movies, well look at what we have here," said Blumberg.
Benoit says the economic impact on our area could be big.
"I'm told its about a two million dollar project to put together one hour of a TV show, and it involves about 160 people and week's work, I'd like to see more of that down here, in fact, only four hours of prime time television is still filmed in California," said Benoit.
"That's a much bigger bite, and I'd love to see us get there, I'd say one thing that's greatly in our favor is the explosive growth of the film festival," said Blumberg.
Blumberg says there is a lot of potential here.
"Some tax incentives, some inducements for students to learn, to get our feet wet even more with the lower budget movies as we move up higher, look at what Kim Waltrip and Denise have done," said Blumberg.
Benoit isn't going into specifics yet, but gave us an idea of what some incentives could be.
"We're going to talk about whether or not we could reduce some fees, we could generate some local discounts.... when I sit and talk to the Hollywood people, they say, you do these 10 or 12 or 15 items, we will come," said Benoit.
Big plans, to bring big productions to the valley.
Supervisor Benoit also told us they plan to have the committee formed in January, and hopefully have an agreement in place to advertise by March.