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Companies Try to Lure Hollywood to Nevada

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Hollywood could be coming to Reno. Starting January first, Senate Bill 165 takes effect. The law will give film production companies tax incentives to shoot movies and TV shows in Nevada.

The CEO of the RSCVA has already met with companies like Sony, Warner Bros., and Disney about shooting here.

He says northern Nevada has a wide range of landscapes that makes Reno ideal for shooting movies.

It's got a variety of landscapes and it's only a one-hour flight from L.A.

But he says the biggest benefit could be the money that film companies spend at local businesses.

"Restaurants, dry cleaners, sign companies, antique malls. They have to do shop dressing, they go looking for furniture rentals and antique malls and buy those things, use them temporarily, and give them back," says Chris Baum.

The Reno-Sparks Convention Center has converted three exhibit halls into film stages. The smallest one is 50,000 square feet -- compared to Hollywood stages at about 20,000.

The second floor is also set up for furnished production offices with no cost.

Baum says he has seen other places where production companies have spend a $500,000 at local lumber yard to build their sets. Baum says the production here will great for reality shows and pilots because it will be very cost-effective -- and some locals could possibly get a chance to work for these companies.

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