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Film in California Conference Draws Huge Crowds

More than 500 film, TV, commercial and new media production professionals gathered May 21st at CBS Studio Center (Radford) in Studio City for the 9th Annual Film in California Conference, which was expanded this year to include presentation to Writer-Director-Producer Ryan Murphy of the first-ever California Golden SLATE Award.

Murphy was honored with the inaugural award for his commitment to filming in California and creating thousands of in-state production jobs. His many California projects include “American Crime Story: The People vs. O.J. Simpson,” “Glee,” “Nip/Tuck,” “American Horror Story” and “Scream Queens” (the latter two recently relocated production to California from Louisiana after admission into the California Film and TV Tax Credit Program). Jamie Lee Curtis -- who currently stars with Emma Roberts in “Scream Queens” -- presented the award to Murphy following an introduction by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti.

The day-long conference was produced by the California Film Commission and FLICS (Film Liaisons in California Statewide) – a network of 40-plus film commissions from across the state. Over the years it has grown to become the largest conference focused on highlighting the state’s production resources – from its recently expanded tax credit program to its superior crews/talent, locations and infrastructure. The conference has become the signature event for producers, directors, location managers, production designers, UPMs, studio executives and others to network and learn how to benefit from all that California has to offer the entertainment production industry. You can read more at this link to a story that appeared in The Hollywood Reporter.

FLICS Locations of Note

The popular Marvel's Agents of SHIELD recently filmed in Kern County, and was handled by the Ridgecrest FIlm Commission. The comic book-inspired series stars Clark Gregg, Elizabeth Henstridge, Adrianne Palicki, Luke Mitchell and Henry Simmons.


Shot in Humboldt by famed sports photographer Richard Phibbs for ESPN, Archer Khatuna Lorig was captured for the 2015 ESPN Body Issue and behind the scenes video. Lorig, who taught Jennifer Lawrence how to shoot for "The Hunger Games" was one of several athletes featured in the highly anticipated issue of the year. PHOTO: RICHARD PHIBBS/ESPN

Lady Gaga plays the Countess, a glamorous socialite who attends art openings and fashion shows and maintains her looks not from a steady diet of kale but from imbibing human blood according to Showrunner Ryan Murphy. Shooting locations includes includes Pasadena and Los Angeles.