Project 35 Miles Northeast of Downtown L.A. Would Be First Major Studio Built In Over 10 Years
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted 4-0 this week in favor of a proposal by Walt Disney Co. to develop a television and film production studio near Santa Clarita.
No starting date has been released for groundbreaking of the massive project by Disney/ABC Studios, slated to include sound stages, 500,000 square feet of studio space, writers' quarters, prop storage and other facilities on 58 acres at 19802 Placerita Canyon Road, in Newhall, CA, according to county documents.
The development has a targeted completion of 2016 and would be the first major film studio built in the area in a decade. The site is located at Golden Oak Ranch, an area personally chosen by Walt Disney and used in the late 1950s for the "Spin and Marty" segments of The Mickey Mouse Club television show.
The variety of natural settings and Old California feel of the place prompted Disney in 1959 to purchase the property, where the studio has since assembled land bringing the total to 890 acres. Disney productions shot in the area include "Old Yeller," "The Parent Trap," "Pearl Harbor," "Princess Diaries II" and the first two "Pirates of the Caribbean" films.
The development would produce an annual $533 million in economic activity, according to county estimates -- and more importantly, help stop the hemorrhaging of jobs and wages from California due to runaway film and TV production into alternative locales such as New York, Louisiana and other states.