Efforts to stop the years-long flight of film crews from California to faraway locations are gaining steam.
Los Angeles City Councilman Paul Krekorian has proposed new tax incentives to keep production crews filming in his city. The effort follows last year's creation of a California Film Commission program that provides $100 million in tax breaks each year to movie and TV crews filming in the state — a move spearheaded by Krekorian.
Neither Glendale nor Burbank offer tax incentives, though both have taken steps to lure filmmakers inside city limits.
Burbank recently reduced the price of a permit to shoot for a single day from $350 to $150, and loosened requirements for when crews even need permits. The city has also worked to quickly process permits when filmmakers come calling.
"The city has the slogan the 'Media Capital of the World.' That is what we consider ourselves to be," said Norma Brolsma, a clerk with the Burbank Police Department who tracks film permit requests.