from: Nick Goundry, The Location Guide –
Santa Clarita, just north of Los Angeles in California, boosted its location filming days by nearly 20% in the 2012/13 fiscal year. The city recorded 1,069 shoot days and local production spending rose nearly 25% on the previous year.
“Santa Clarita is one of Hollywood’s first-choices for location filming, as shown by yet another strong year for location filming,” said Mayor Bob Kellar: “Filming is a big part of our business community and local economy, supporting high-paying jobs and hundreds of companies involved in the industry.”
The city is supporting major expansion plans for the Disney/ABC Studios at the Ranch, which is moving closer to final approval at Disney’s existing Golden Oak Ranch Santa Clarita facility.
Eligible productions filming in Santa Clarita can claim back various permit fees and can get discounts on hotel occupancy. They can also apply for California’s state-wide filming tax credit.
As a state, California is struggling to curb a long-term runaway production problem as there is stiff competition from places like New York, Louisiana and Georgia.