Santa Clarita Film Office reopens, releases year-end numbers

The city of Santa Clarita enjoys facilitating commercials, TV and feature films, an addition to streaming shows. Long-running shows such as “NCIS,” which has been filming in Santa Clarita for more than a decade, have the largest impact. Courtesy Santa Clarita Film Office.
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After a monthslong closure, the city of Santa Clarita’s Film Office has recently reopened and is now issuing permits. 

“We are excited to see productions begin to film in our city once again,” Santa Clarita Mayor Cameron Smyth said in a prepared statement. “The city’s film program remains an integral part of the local economy, and we look forward to safely resuming filming on our sound stages, movie ranches and on location throughout the Santa Clarita Valley.”  

Though filming was put on hold statewide in mid-March to slow the spread of COVID-19, it was allowed to resume on June 12 with a revised health officer order, just before the city’s fiscal year ended on June 30. 

Despite the three-month stoppage, the city’s fiscal year-end numbers remained strong, with 468 film permits issued in the 2019-20 fiscal year, which led to 1,249 film days and $30.7 million in estimated economic impact, according to city officials.

This marked the seventh year in a row that the city’s film program generated more than $30 million in estimated economic impact. 

“Productions spend a lot of money in the community, from renting properties for location filming to local stores, local restaurants and caterers up to movie ranches and sound stages, which provide hundreds of jobs,” said Evan Thomason, economic development associate with the city. “Over 7,000 people in Santa Clarita work in the entertainment industry, and it is wonderful to see them get the opportunity to get back to work.”

In the past year, several productions were based at Santa Clarita movie ranches and sound stages, including “Bless This Mess,” “Goliath,” “Mayans MC,” “Good Trouble,” “NCIS,” “S.W.A.T.,” “68 Whiskey,” “Party of Five” and “Holey Moley.” 

Other television shows filmed on location in Santa Clarita in the past fiscal year were “Seal Team,” “Reno 911,” “Space Force,” “This is Us,” “Homeland,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “The Goldbergs,” “Masked Singer” and many more. 

In addition, several feature films were filmed in Santa Clarita, including “Yes Day” and “The Outlaw Johnny Black,” along with dozens of national commercial spots ranging from McDonald’s and Nissan to Walmart and Adidas. 

For more information about filming in Santa Clarita, visit FilmSantaClarita.com, call the Film Office at 661-284-1425 or follow them on social media @FilmSantaClarita. 

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