While “Two and a Half Men” star Charlie Sheen’s clash with Warner Bros. plays out under the klieg lights, many others are quietly feeling the economic impact of the Burbank studio’s decision to halt production of the hit comedy.
“The entertainment industry isn’t just people in front of the camera,” Maurice Stein, owner of Burbank’s Cinema Secrets Beauty Supply, said. “When a show shuts down for any reason, we lose business immediately.”
His emporium is three blocks from Warner Bros., where Sheen and a crew of 200 produced “Two and a Half Men” before the actor’s recurrent substance abuse recovery issues and public rants prompted studio executives to stop production of the CBS show.
While Stein’s company may directly work for Warner Bros. and other studios, the foot traffic that production work generates is a huge chunk of his business. Nearly two-thirds of his business comes from off-screen workers buying cosmetics, shampoo or Halloween costumes, he said.