By CNN, 2:30pm ET
In a report on how production companies are going overseas to film and US crews are losing business from this practice, Xena is mentioned as being filmed in new Zealand
[snip] JIM MORET: The movie "Patch Adams" was shot in North Carolina, one of a growing number of productions filmed outside the traditional home base of California. Even Jesse Ventura, Minnesota's newly inaugurated governor, is vowing to lure more TV and movie production to his state. Paul Vercammen reports that around the world, everyone wants a piece of Hollywood's pie. (BEGIN VIDEOTAPE) PAUL VERCAMMEN, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): Oh, Canada, oh, England, oh, New Zealand, where they shoot the "Xena" and "Hercules" series. All are locations for film and television projects popular in America. Many Hollywood movers and shakers have been meeting to deal with what they call runaway productions leaving California. RICHARD MASUR, PRESIDENT, SCREEN ACTORS GUILD: A lot of work that could be getting done here is being done either in other states, or more importantly, in other countries. VERCAMMEN: Specifically, Canada, where movies such as "Simon Birch" and "54" were filmed. Critics charge Canada lures projects out of California with tax breaks and lower costs due to the Canadian dollar exchange rate. But one Canadian official doesn't see it as a problem. JERRY KRAMER, CANADIAN CONSULATE, LOS ANGELES: These projects employ Americans, employ American actors, directors, and writers, and it's really mistaken to view it as a loss from here to there. Both economies win. VERCAMMEN (on camera): Still, you'll hear a chorus of complaints about runaway productions causing a loss of jobs and revenue in California. Take the large independent Raleigh Studios. (voice-over): The studio claims out of town projects have led to the occupancy rate here dropping approximately 40 percent in the past two years. MICHAEL MOORE, PRESIDENT, Raleigh Film & Television Studios: The strength certainly comes in numbers. And if our stages fall short of carrying them into a nice skidding rink, I'm not quite sure what else we're doing to do with them. (BEGIN VIDEO CLIP, "Lost in Space") UNIDENTIFIED ACTOR: There's a lot of space out there to get lost in. (END VIDEO CLIP) VERCAMMEN: The $80 million feature, "Lost in Space," made in England, is cited as a runaway production that hurt several levels of Hollywood business. SCOTT ROSS, CEO, DIGITAL DOMAIN: In a lot of ways, it's runaway post production for us 'cause we're in the visual effects industry. We've seen a lot of work go overseas. London has become a significant factor in Hollywood feature film post production. VERCAMMEN: And with movies such as the "Waterboy" filmed in Florida, other U.S. states are also providing competition for Hollywood. California business leaders say the government should help keep productions in the Golden State through tax breaks and other incentives, but it's estimated California still accounts for 75 percent of the world's film production. PATTI ARCHULETTA, DIRECTOR, CALIFORNIA FILM COMMISSION: We are not in a crisis mode. Understand this is simply a vigilance. It is about not -- It is about learning from the past and not waiting to have a trickle become a flow out of California. VERCAMMEN: This industry town wants the world to remember the cheer is "Hurray for Hollywood," not Vancouver or Auckland. Paul Vercammen, CNN Entertainment News, Hollywood. (END VIDEOTAPE)
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