San Francisco may extend film rebate to reality shows 

San Francisco may start doing more to attract reality television productions. Maybe "Real Housewives in San Francisco" is next in order.

On Tuesday, Supervisors Mark Farrell introduced legislation that would amend The City’s exiting film rebate program to offer the give-back to reality tv shows.

“Our film office has gotten a number of requests from different reality shows wanting to film here in San Francisco but because they were not specifically included in our film rebate program they have been hesitant to come up here to San Francisco,” Farrell said.

He said there has been a “big shift” in the TV reality show industry, and offering the rebate could help San Francisco create more jobs and boost the local economy.

Farrell’s legislation would also help smaller independent film productions. Right now a film permit costs $300 per day. But Farrell wants to reduce it to $100 per day for independent film productions with a budget under $500,000. He said the reduction permit would send a “signal to them that we value their participation in our film industry here in San Francisco.”

jsabatini@sfexaminer.com

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