While it is fun to recognize a part of Santa Clarita while watching your favorite TV show, there is an important economic impact of the film industries’ presence in our valley that extends beyond the pleasure of recognizing a location or seeing a movie star at the mall.
The economic impact of the film and entertainment industries operating in the Santa Clarita Valley will be the topic of discussion during the College of the Canyons Chancellor’s Circle 2012 Annual Business Symposium. The breakfast will take place from 7:30-11:00 a.m. on Friday, March 23, at the College of the Canyon’s Valencia Campus in Mentry Hall, Room 305.
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Space is limited and today is the last day to RSVP.
“Anybody who has an interest in understanding how this sector of our economy impacts Santa Clarita would find this a very interesting symposium to attend. But, I think more importantly, anybody who has a business that is connected or could be connected to the film industry would find this an important symposium in order to make those connections and to find out how to do business with the location companies and the film shoots in town,” said Dena Maloney, Vice President of the COC’s Canyon Country campus and Economic Development.
Registration for the Chancellor’s Circle Business Symposium is free for Chancellor’s Circle members and $25 for non-members. Tickets are available through the COC Foundation by calling 661-362-3737.
Listed below are the speakers scheduled for the event and the topics they will address:
Mayor Laurie Ender, City of Santa Clarita–Recent Santa Clarita Valley Film Projects
Richard Ballering, Vice President, Production Operations, ABC Studios–Film and Entertainment in the SCV: What Does the Future Hold?
Mike DeLorenzo, President, Santa Clarita Studios–Entertainment in the SCV and Current Projects at Santa Clarita Studios
Jim McClafferty, Supervising Location Manager, NCIS–How to Connect with the Film Industry
Location filming in the SCV brings about $20 million into our economy, according to Jason Crawford, Economic Development and Marketing Manager of the City of Santa Clarita. This sum includes money spent on lumber for building sets, clothing for costumes, restaurants, hotels, and other local businesses. In addition, approximately 6,000 residents in Santa Clarita work in the film industry.
Seven television shows are currently based in local studios and TV, movie, and commercial productions film on location every day in Santa Clarita. Upcoming projects indicate that the film and entertainment industry will continue to play an important role in our community’s economy.
“We’re very aggressive about attracting more tv shows and movies; in fact, specifically TV shows because a film will film for 2 or 3 months and a tv show could film for 18 or 20 years. It’s one of our major focuses,” said Crawford.
For more information about the College of the Canyons Chancellor’s Circle or to register to attend the 2012 Annual Business Symposium please contact the COC Foundation at (661) 362-3737.