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Steve Arklin Jr., the owner of Rancho Deluxe Movie Ranch and award recipient in the entertainment/digital media category, holds his award up as Eric Reuveni, the chief delivery officer for Scorpion Internet Marketing, stands behind him during the Santa Clarita Valley Business Journal (SCVBJ) Business Leader Awards at Valencia Country Club on Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017. Nikolas Samuels/The Signal
Steve Arklin Sr. (right) poses with his son, Steve Arklin Jr. during the Santa Clarita Valley Business Journal (SCVBJ) Business Leader Awards at Valencia Country Club on Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017. The two are owners of Rancho Deluxe Movie Ranch and Arklin Jr. was an award recipient in the entertainment/digital media category. Nikolas Samuels/The Signal
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In this special episode of “SCV in the Movies,” Bill and E.J. head over to Steve Arklin’s Placerita Canyon movie ranch, Rancho Deluxe, as they travel with more than 50 other interested tourists as part of the 2017 Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival Film Ranch Tour.
Together they take in the sets, scenery and history on the tour led by host E.J. Stephens and is wife Kimi, with Steve Arklin explaining the significance of each stop along the way.
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SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (KABC) --
New tax incentives have brought back big productions to Santa Clarita and provided a major boost to the local economy.
The city previously served as the backdrop for several films and television series including "Old Yeller" and "Gunsmoke."
However, over the decades, production stagnated as other states began offering generous tax incentives.
California legislators have now reversed the trend with a boost to the state's tax deal for local filming.
Evan Thomason heads the Santa Clarita Film Office, which he said has issued an average of more than 500 film permits and 1,300 film days a year for the past three years.
The result of filming last year has translated into a $33 million economic impact, according to the film office.
"The California film incentive program is a big part of why we've seen so many productions come to Santa Clarita," Thomason said.
The city has attracted shows, including HBO's "Westworld" and the new Netflix series "Santa Clarita Diet."
"We have over 20 sound stages. We have over 10 movie ranches, and we have a very diverse community," Thomason said.
The heavily used ranches include the 200-acre Rancho Deluxe film ranch owned by Steve Arklin.
“There is a wave of filming going on that’s not going away to other states now,” said Steve Arklin Sr., owner of Rancho Deluxe. “And now that the tax credits apply to productions being filmed at approved motion picture ranches, we’re seeing more local filming.” Arklin spurred the drive to qualify movie ranches as approved production facilities under the state’s film commission by inviting a group of legislators over last year for a barbecue.
E.J. and Bill welcomed Steve Arklin to the program. Arklin describes the Rancho Deluxe film studio located in Santa Clarita, and how he managed to get T.V shows, movies, and even music videos to film there.
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