Before Las Vegas’ neon can glitter and glow on screens large (movies) or small (television, tablet computer, smartphone), the Las Vegas-based Nevada Film Office — which was created as the state’s Motion Picture Division in 1983 — and its director, Eric Preiss, are working to get contracts signed, regulatory hurdles cleared and local personnel hired and involved. Judging by the numbers, they’re pretty good at it. Since 2013, there have been more than 2,700 productions welcomed to the state, raking in nearly $355 million in revenue, based on local spending figures reported to the film office. And of the last seven years in which numbers have been tracked for film permits, 2018 reached a high of 782 permits granted.
VIDEO: Patients at the Children’s Medical Center at Summerlin Hospital were flying high on July 24 when players from the Las Vegas Aviators swooped in to cheer them. Joined by Spruce, the new team mascot, the players gave the kids gifts, snapped photos with them and signed autographs as they also spread baseball fever among the pediatric patients.
Las Vegas and big-time sports have tightened their bond even more with the July 24 announcement that the city will host the Pac-12 Football championship game in 2020 and 2021 at Las Vegas Stadium, the future home of the NFL’s Raiders.