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Governor Aims To Bring Filming Back To California

Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2, Naked Gun 4, The Social Network—these are just three of the 25 films slated to film in California next year, after Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger announced the first 25 of the film and television productions which will qualify for his film and television production incentive, signed into law on Feb. 20.

This initiative is an effort by the governor to keep filming in California. Forty other states offer incentive packages. California lost a significant share of studio feature films to these states, with the number of films shot in California declining by 50 percent since 2003, according to the California Film Commission. Each dollar spent on film production in California generates an economic output of $2.95 statewide.

But the new incentive program hopes to turn those statistics around.

“I fought hard for economic stimulus measures including the film and television production incentive, because we must do everything in our power to stimulate the economy and put Californians back to work,” said Schwarzenegger.

     “This is about the make-up artists, the caterer and the countless other small businesses that rely on film and production to succeed and create jobs for Californians.”

With the CFC in charge, the program became accepting applications on July 1.

Because of the highly anticipated demand, applications were assigned queue numbers based on a random selection process.

The CFC is evaluating applications and to date has notified the following 25 productions they qualify:

1/2 Life – 1/2 Life LLC

Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2 – Tiny But Mighty Productions, Inc.

Burlesque – Screen Gems Productions, Inc.

Christmas In Beverly Hills – Fast Lane Productions, LLC

Circle Of Eight – Bronson Avenue II, LLC

Cooper – Gramps Company, Inc.

Dead Broke – Lucky Monkey Pictures

Dinner For Schmucks – DW Studios Productions, LLC

Elevator Girl – Garding Limited

Faster – CBS Films Productions Inc.

Fire In The Hole – Woodbridge Productions, Inc.

Hero Factory (Animated) – Threshold Animation Studios, Inc.

Important Things With Dimitri Martin – Central Productions, LLC

Men Of A Certain Age – Turner North Center Productions Inc.

Naked Gun 4 – Paramount Famous Productions

The Perfect Family – Perfect Family, LLC

Priest – Screen Gems Productions, Inc.

The Raise – Unclaimed Freight Productions, Inc.

Second Wives Club – Paramount Famous Productions

Slumdog Virgin – Steinbeck, LLC

The Social Network  – Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc.

Spanish Harlem Project, The – Mano Productions, Inc.

Takin’ It Back – Elixir Entertainment, Inc.

Untitled Movie – Close To Home Productions, LLC

You Again – Briarvale Productions, Inc.

“I can state without a doubt this new film incentive program is the reason we’re making our movie in California,” said Tom Duffield, production designer on CBS Films’ Faster.  

“Without the incentive, it would have been made in New Mexico.  I’m now free to hire the best crews and use the best local vendors in the business. This couldn’t come at a better time.”

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