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Friday, August 10, 2012

Burn Notice is staying for another year

Looks like Burn Notice is staying. The producers and studio have arranged to up their rent to the city from $240,000 a year to $450,000 a year, but the producers don't want to be responsible for demolishing the Expo Center, where they film, which was proposed by Comm. Marc Sarnoff.

I suspect that Sarnoff didn't really intend for the actual production people to demo the Expo Center, his proposal probably was that they would pay for it and perhaps film the demo and use it in an episode. But not actually do it themselves. Right?

Either way, the series is here to stay another year.

Fans and locals are thrilled. Just today, the cast and crew were all over the Center Grove, they started at Blanche Park and filmed there most of the day, ironically, this is right across the street from Sarnoff's house. Then later tonight, they started filming a scene with Sharon Gless at the new Regus officer Center at the Mayfair Promenade.


Here's the Herald story.

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13 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

having burn notice for another year is good but only if the grove starts doing something about getting locals back in.theres so many things that can be done.lets wake up people

August 10, 2012 10:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is great news! Thanks for informing everyone. Talk about a win-win.

August 11, 2012 12:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If having a City Commissioner extort a Hollywood studio, then yes, this is a good thing. Just don't count on seeing many other Hollywood productions in Miami anytime soon.

August 11, 2012 7:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It has been a long ridiculous saga, true. Embarrassing on so many levels not just for the film industry but for our city. From this media outlet to the Huffington Post and across the country, this little story mushroomed into over 60,000 Internet posts alone. But, in the end, the show stays one more year and if it is renewed, it will hopefully stay somewhere in South Florida for year eight. At least these jobs will stay here for now and money will keep coming in for local vendors and locations.

August 11, 2012 12:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Miami Herald wrote, "Should all of the pieces fall into place, Burn Notice has agreed not to ask the commission for an eighth season in Coconut Grove." Ha! No danger of them asking the city for anything is my guess. With the show's ratings, they may actually get a two year pick up and that gives them a year to accept one of the many offers they have for a new building. At the end of this season, they really had to accept this offer or scramble. I wonder if the city had put the screws to them at the beginning of the season instead, if they would still be staying.

August 11, 2012 1:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am glad they are staying. As to the film industry today in the Mutiny Hotel there was a filming crew for over 5 hours out by the pool and inside. It is so sad that ZARNOFF is such a anti business person for the grove in all aspects.

August 11, 2012 2:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actually the initial deal points from the city did include for the production company to blow up the building, film it and feature in the last episode of the series. This was flatly rejected by the studio for three reasons. The first is that the studio does not employ licensed, bonded demolition experts. Much different from special effects explosions and editing effects. The second is that the show is written to an actual story and the studio refused to force the series to write to a rental agreement. The last reason is that although season seven would be the last at the CGCC, there is no edict that says the series itself will end. That is up to viewer ratings and advertising. Commissioner Sarnoff boasting "we got them to syndication" as if the show would immediately be canceled is an uniformed supposition. Syndication has no affect on the future of a series nor does it continue to put money in workers' pockets via jobs.

August 11, 2012 4:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy for the Grove! Happy for Burn Notice. Can't wait to visit again!

August 11, 2012 4:43 PM  
Blogger marin mckenna said...

I am happy that the show is staying in south Florida, still waiting to hear that burn notice is returning for a seventh season!!??

August 12, 2012 5:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Tom, this is longer than one paragraph, but I am hoping ou might post it anyway. Thank you in advance!

Dear Everyone!

I cannot thank you enough, on behalf of my crew and cast - all of us, for your tremendous support. Your cards, letters, emails, Tweets and posts created a groundswell of positive press for Burn Notice. Local media joined in with us. Next time someone says, "Don't bother, it won't help." Or "No one will ever read it," you can tell them that even in these jaded times, your voice can be heard.
We are delighted to be able to stay in the City of Miami, pending the finalization of this deal.

We are grateful to the city commissioners for looking at us for what we are...

We are a MIAMI show and with so many shows shooting LA for South Florida, this is a big win for film & TV. It also tells the entertainment community across the country that Miami is open and happy for them to pour more millions (and jobs, jobs, jobs) into the state.

Our local neighbors and friends, especially in Coconut Grove, mean a lot to us, as do all of you. I am glad we have the chance to stay in the neighborhood. And to keep filming all over South Florida!

Finally, thanks so much to the supporters and film offices in Miami Beach, Miami Dade and Broward counties (and film offices all over) who have been so hospitable to us. These folks worked hard to seek a new home for us if we needed it.

With any luck at all, and a pick up for Season 7, we'll see you in the neighborhood. We look forward to it!

Sincerely,
EK Keratsis
Co-producer
Burn Notice
And a permanent Florida resident

August 12, 2012 1:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am hoping for many more seasons of "Burn Notice".

August 13, 2012 9:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm glad. We in the city need Hollywood's money this year more than ever. I couldn't care less about another park, yet I know there are those who do so there will be more money in the kitty at the end of the next year for that project. In the meantime Burn Notice please keep shopping in the Grove! Thank you.

August 13, 2012 11:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I realize that Sarnoff "really" wanted to oust Burn Notice so he could commence with the waterfront park at the site of the Expo. Does that mean that he is ready to go with the plans? Or might it have taken more than a year to get the plans, permits, etc...? Has the community seen renderings of the future park? Will there be a public process?
All of that takes time, and it seems that if Sarnoff had been successful in ousting the film production we would have sat around waiting for the park.
Me thinks it was just a publicity stunt on Sarnoffs' part. And he got what he wanted.

August 13, 2012 12:23 PM  

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