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New push to get San Diego on silver screen

11/01/21

 

San Diego has been the setting for some big-time films — Anchorman, Citizen Kane, Top Gun, Deep Blue Sea, to name a few.

But local officials say in recent years production crews have stayed away from America's Finest City. They say that's costing the region millions in dollars coming in, and in jobs for locals.

"There are more platforms with more streaming and more content than at any point before, and it's time in San Diego, we get in on a piece of that action," County board chair Nathan Fletcher said Monday.

On Tuesday, the board will consider a $200,000 investment to create a regional film office. The office would handle multi-agency permitting to allow studios to come to San Diego without worrying about the hassle of getting needed permissions, something Fletcher says has been a major impediment since the San Diego Film Commission disbanded in 2013.

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