RIVERSIDE – Riverside County Supervisors John J. Benoit and Jeff Stone want to rewrite the rules on how the county works with the film and television industry and they’ll do it with the help of the industry film and television industry leaders.
Stone and Benoit want to work with film and television industry executives to launch a compressive rewrite of the ordinance governing filming in the county with hopes that all 28 cites will join them along the way or shortly afterwards. The pair want to dramatically alter the ordinance and cut costs and red tape for the studios and production companies. The goal is to make Riverside County the most film and television friendly county in the nation and bring back the production crews to the county and its 28 cities.
Film and television industry executives say that a single episode of a television sitcom generates 165 direct jobs and $2 million in revenue in a single week of shooting. Film and Television studios are taking business out of the state and nation and this is an effort to bring the industry back to Riverside County and create jobs and take advantage of the county’s diverse scenery and set locations. If all goes well the new ordinance could be ready for CEO Jay Orr to provide for the board of supervisors’ approval after the Palm Springs International Film Festival which just finished here this past weekend.