[Source: Jan B. Jacobson, Special for the Arizona Republic] — A new TV show will be using the streets of downtown Phoenix as a stand-in for Los Angeles over the next few weeks, but it wasn’t the architecture or the weather that drew it here. The show’s producers came for Arizona’s entertainment-industry tax incentives, and they’re not the only people looking east from Hollywood toward Arizona.
TV and film productions spent an estimated $208 million in Arizona in 2007, and 2008 may be an even bigger year. As of Nov. 29, the state had received 25 applications for production in 2008. In addition, the Arizona Department of Commerce received six applications in November to build infrastructure and studios or augment existing Arizona facilities in accordance with the state’s tax-incentive program. “The reason we’re shooting here is Arizona’s motion-picture production-tax incentives,” said Robert Rolsky, production manager for the show S.I.S.
The two-hour drama, a pilot for Spike TV, is about an elite police squad that stalks LA’s worst criminals. Producers have set up an office in Phoenix and have begun local casting. [Note: To read the full article, click here.]