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I never knew all the things the Film Commission did behind-the-scenes to get a show like John From Cincinnati to film in San Diego. Do you do that for every project?
We make every effort to do the leg work and pre-production work so that communities have the best opportunity to benefit. Sometimes incorporated cities take on the task of assisting filming with such zeal that we worry they might get burned, since in their enthusiasm they may overlook some important factors. Collectively the production staff of the Film Commission offers over 105 years of production experience and we are always eager to assist. It is frustrating when lack of staffing prevents us from educating and assisting each and every project and community.
Sometimes we hear about a project in development and know some of the people attached and actually “pitch” San Diego. I read a piece in Daily Variety that said Steven Bochco was working on a new show. With “NYPD Blue” behind him, I figured he might have another cop story in development. I sent him a “pitch” with our track record on TV, fast permits, locations and even other cop shows we have succeeded in luring here. I sent location photos of courtrooms, jails, and other related locations. One year later we were called and we set up a meeting in Los Angeles. Bochco said that he was impressed with our knowledge of production. That is no small thing coming from Bochco.