School District Set Lower Fees to Attract Film Companies
LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Los Angeles schools are going after movie and television industry dollars, reducing fees to attract more film crews.
″Against the Grain,″ a new NBC series about high school sports, began filming at El Camino Real High School on Friday. Producers had filmed the pilot primarily in nearby Burbank and Moorpark before deciding to take advantage of lower fees in Los Angeles.
″A large percentage of the crew members have kids in L.A. schools, and they know the schools are hurting and not getting a lot of money,″ said location manager Keith Bohanan.
The Los Angeles Board of Education voted July 19 to lower daily filming fees from $3,000 to $1,500 as part of an effort to keep filmmakers’ business and revenues in the city.
El Camino Assistant Principal Don Thomas said school officials have gotten as many inquiries from production companies in the last month as they normally get in a year. The school gets 75 percent of the filming fee.