Although Nevada tourism slumped in 2008, producers and directors of film and television projects spent $110 million shooting and finishing shows in Nevada in 2008. The results surpassed the $103.3 million the Nevada Film Office counted in 2007, when a writers’ strike in November and December brought production to a nationwide halt.
Among the film projects in Nevada in 2008, were such major movies as “The Race to Witch Mountain,” released in March, and “The Hangover,” a paean to Vegas-based bachelor parties, scheduled to open this month.
But the real revenue bang accruing from Nevada filming comes from television shows. Programs including “America’s Next Top Model,” “American Idol,” “My Super Sweet 16,” and “Bridezilla” all were taped in Nevada in 2008. “The Jerry Springer Show” and primetime dramas including Fox’s “Prison Break,” and CBS’s “CSI: Las Vegas” were all filmed in Nevada, as well as countless music videos, commercials, student films and other media projects.
Approximately 95 percent of the Nevada filming has occurred in Las Vegas.
Since 2000, producers and directors have filmed or taped more than 4,500 projects in Nevada, for an economic impact of more than $1 billion.