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Filming on the rise locally

Film permits on rise in Glendale, Burbank, but slide in SoCal.

October 06, 2012|By Mark Kellam,
  • Glendale Police Dept.'s Sherry Servillo talks about the many areas the old Glendale Police Dept. building has, which will be opened for filming again, in Glendale.
Glendale Police Dept.'s Sherry Servillo talks… (Raul Roa / Staff…)

Filming permits pulled in Glendale and Burbank appear to be bucking a wider downward trend in the region as on-location shoots become more common sights in both cities.

Glendale reported an uptick in the number of film permits issued so far this year — 184 — outpacing the 175 issued over the same period last year, according to city officials.

Burbank is on track to beat the number of permits pulled last year with 370 permits issued so far, compared to 439 in all of 2011, according a city official who coordinates film permits.

The Los Angeles region, however, saw its overall on-location production slide by almost 4% this past quarter compared to the same three-month period last year, according to FilmL.A., the organization that tracks film permits in the region.

Several television shows have shot in Glendale this year, including “Criminal Minds,” “True Blood,” “The Mentalist” and “Desperate Housewives,” said Sherry Servillo, a media relations representative for the city.


“Criminal Minds” shoots fairly regularly throughout Glendale.

“They like the west side of the city,” Servillo said.

Another popular film location is the Montrose area because of its small-town feel, she added.

In fact, on Wednesday some residents may have heard explosions and gunshots coming from the Montrose area, where a show — using the stage name “Battleship” for confidentiality purposes — was filming.

City spokesman Tom Lorenz said some production companies prefer to work in Glendale because permits are processed quickly.

He recalled a commercial for Bud Light that required a simulated bank robbery in downtown and a helicopter landing on Brand Boulevard. The catch: the company wanted to film in seven days.

“Within a week, we were able to turn around all the approvals and do a big-budget Bud Light commercial,” Lorenz said.

The number of film permits may increase in Glendale next year because the former police building on the corner Wilson Avenue and Isabel Street once again is available for filming.

The structure was slated for be remodeled and used by the city’s redevelopment agency, so it was closed to film crews for about three years.

However, when local redevelopment agencies were eliminated by state lawmakers last year, the renovation project was nixed, Lorenz said.

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