Newsom dangles discounts to lure filmmakers 

San Francisco is no Detroit when it comes to attracting money-making films, and it probably never will be. But that's not stopping San Francisco from spending money to make money. Mayor Gavin Newsom and the San Francisco Film Commission on Tuesday said they will start offering discounts to movie crews so they have a good reason to spend money while they are filming in The City. The logic being that local businesses will gain millions of dollars each year.   

“This is a win-win for San Francisco, with local businesses reaping the rewards of more business, and production companies and their employees rewarded with a discount on a variety of services while filming in our city,” Newsom said.  “Practical, innovative ideas like this will help put San Francisco back on the map as a premier destination for filmmaking and production.”

When a production comes to town, crew members will be issued a "Scene in San Francisco" discount card which will show that they are eligible for discounts to participating local businesses.  The Scene in San Francisco Program Vendor Discount Program provides a quantifiable discount to participating vendors who may choose to offer discounts to both production companies filming in San Francisco and to individual crew members working on those productions.

Interested vendors are encouraged to go to www.filmsf.org.

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