L.A.-Filmed Emmy Nominees Receive Made-in-Hollywood Honors
'Silicon Valley' and 'Jane the Virgin' were among the home-grown shows recognized at the annual event presented by the L.A. City Council, with stars Jane Seymour and Suzanne Cryer on hand to accept.
Mary McDonnell, Jane Seymour, Suzanne Cryer, Tony Dennison and other TV stars filed into 1600 Vine — former site of lost L.A. landmark The Brown Derby — to accept Made-In-Hollywood Honors on Sept. 17, an awards event initiated four years ago by the Los Angeles City Council to celebrate Emmy-nominated shows filmed and produced in Los Angeles. (A similar event honors Academy Award-nominated movies during the run-up to the Oscars.)
“TV production is returning from out of state and that’s great news,” Council member and award presenter Mitch O’Farrell told The Hollywood Rreporter, referring to recent expansions in state tax incentives designed to lure productions back to California. “They mean hundreds, if not thousands, of jobs in Los Angeles. This is where the industry’s home is.”
Cryer, who picked up an award for her work on HBO's Silicon Valley (shot both in L.A. and Palo Alto) said before the ceremony that she’s already seen work returning to the state. “I am finding I can say no to more jobs and stay here,” she said, “and that’s really important to me as a working mom.”
Seymour noted that she’d been filming in California long before her role on The CW's Jane the Virgin (shot in Manhattan Beach). “We wouldn’t have the show we had if we done it anywhere else,” she said, referring to her 1990s series Dr. Quinn: Medicine Woman (which filmed in Agoura Hills).
To Amy Lemisch, executive director of the California Film Commission, keeping production inside the state is an immediate and absolute priority. “For us in California,” she says, “it’s less about glamour than it is about bread-and-butter economics.”