New Film Commissioner Seeks ‘Old’ Locations (will your property play a starring role?)

The Fresno Film and Entertainment Commission (FFEC) is on a mission to stock its website photo library with dozens of great old locations. At, Film and Entertainment Commissioner Ray Arthur has already added hundreds of location photos, and now is the time to “shoot and post” the great old neighborhoods that abound in Fresno.

“We’ve divided the eras into three time periods to best exemplify what Fresno has to offer: 1890 to 1915, 1915 to 1940 and 1940 to 1970. Locating groups of houses, portions of neighborhoods, with all three of these time periods is an amazing asset that very few other cities can claim. I believe this will be one of our top three of four trademark locations in the years to come,” says Arthur. The FFEC has been workingclosely with Karana Hattersley - Drayton of the City’s Historic Preservation Project to review and select properties that portray the great eras of Fresno architecture.

For Arthur, however, this is the first of a several step process. The FFEC will be working with property owners to provide information to the potential profits and pitfalls of renting one’s property to a production company. Arthur says that 99 percent of the time it’s a wonderful and sometimes rewarding experience, because the property owners have taken the time to learn the process, “Like every other event where money is exchanged, providing your house, business, barn or 40 acres to a TV or moviecompany is a business deal. And, the property owner needs to know what questions to ask and what specifics to require to protect his or her rights,” the Film and Entertainment Commissioner noted.

Arthur offers a 20-minute presentation entitled “Your Property in a Starring Role” which highlights what a local property owner should look for when negotiating with a production company. This quick tutorial is a free program, available to groups from 20 to 200. For more information contact the Fresno Film and Entertainment Commission at 621.8358, or email

CONTACT: Rhonda Jorn, Public Affairs Manager (559) 621-7777 Patti Miller, Public Affairs Administrator 621-7795

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