The movie business increased in Santa Clarita last year, with both film permits and filming days rising significantly. The city estimated that on-location filming contributed $33.9 million to the local economy during the fiscal year that ended in June, a 1 percent increase over the previous fiscal year.
The city processed 553 permits during the fiscal year, a 4 percent increase from the 531 permits processed in the 2013-14 fiscal year. The number of filming days increased by 5 percent, to 1,437. That compares to 1,370 filming days in fiscal 2013-14. The figures do not include filming on soundstages not requiring a film permit.
More than half of the production in the city was for various television series, including “NCIS,” “Criminal Minds,” the just-concluded cable series “Justified” and the new HBO series “Westworld.”
Santa Clarita Mayor Marsha McLean said the increase is reflective of the city’s commitment to film and television production. “With the increase in numbers year after year from the city’s film office, we are certainly living up to our ‘Hollywood North’ nickname,” McLean said in a prepared statement.
Feature films that have shot in the city include “Furious 7,” “San Andreas,” and “Ted 2.”