By Cathy Anderson / San Diego Daily Transcript / July 19, 2010
“Terriers” is our new Twentieth Century TV series, which recently finished shooting its 12 episodes, including the pilot. The show is going to air in the fall line-up for the FX Channel. I wanted to provide some insight on what it takes to get a show like this to work in San Diego.
The San Diego Film Commission has wooed Twentieth Century Fox for many years. We have attracted “American Idol”; an episode of the hit TV series “24”; three telenovelas, including “Fashion” and “Desire”; a pilot called “Point Pleasant”; as well as many reality shows.
Production is attracted to a city by three things: budget, location and infrastructure.
The budget is probably the most important issue and the Film Commission must outbid other competitors to secure the work. We sell our beautiful city by coming in with a budget-friendly offer that includes providing skilled local crew, extras, industry services and hotels near their filming destination, not to mention free locations to offset ones that are costly to the production. We are well respected for our skilled staff, which keeps production on track and out of trouble. We assist production in finding their locations and providing suggestions that match their scripts. The infrastructure includes such things as government support, hotels, community support, services and studio space.
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Cathy Anderson serves as film commissioner and CEO with the San Diego Film Commission.