Mayor working to restore new Office of Film

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The new Office of Film will have a large economic impact on San Diego. It’s now a matter of bringing the productions here, making it easy for the studios to make their movies.

“Top Gun” was filmed in San Diego.

Marilyn Monroe was at the Hotel Del Coronado filming “Some Like it Hot.”

And of course, “Anchorman.”

Keepin it classy, several scenes of “Anchorman” one and two took place right here in America’s finest city.

But San Diego’s film commission went out of commission several years ago and the films went dark.

The Mayor’s 2016 budget includes $100,000 to bring the office back.

“The office is designed to outreach, attracting folks and getting people through the permitting process to make it easy. Letting folks know San Diego is open for business!” said Mayor Kevin Faulconer.

With shows like “Renegade” , “Hunter” , “Silk Stalkings” and “Veronica Mars”, Stu Siegel productions in Kearny Mesa was responsible for 1,000 hours of prime time television in the 90’s.

But after the terror attacks of 9/11, action shows were pulled off the air.

The war changed Stu Siegal’s focus.

He transitioned his company to strategic operations and with Department of Defense contracts has trained 750 thousands members of the military and law enforcement in the last 13 years.

Commercials, TV shows and movies bring money and jobs to an area.

When Serena Reid was an active marine, she was an extra with a speaking part in “Pensacola Wings of Gold” filmed in Miramar.

The city is working with the county to create this office.

It should be up and running in a few months.

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