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VNY is Ready for its Close-up!

Here’s something to inspire some VNY pride: millions of moviegoers and TV watchers around the world know the airport from scores of big-budget Hollywood productions, including Casablanca, Lethal Weapon, Con Air, Almost Famous, the Oscar®-winning Crash and Oceans 13, not to mention television shows such as Scandal, Revenge, CSI and Entourage -- and literally dozens of other films, shows and videos.

We are happy to accommodate various kinds of productions, including still photography and student films, but we want to remind tenants about rules we have in place to keep everyone at the airport safe while helping ensure that filmmakers can work efficiently and effectively within the airport environment.

All film/video production and photographic activity is coordinated and approved by the Van Nuys Airport Film Desk, staffed by members of the Airport Operations Section. The Film Desk’s primary goal is to ensure that production activity is carried out safely and with zero impact to airport operations. As of the beginning of March 2014, Los Angeles World Airports has partnered with FilmL.A. to help streamline the film permitting process at all three LAWA airports (VNY, LAX, ONT). FilmL.A. handles the administrative portion of the film permitting process by helping production companies meet the requirements and restrictions of filming at the airport. Final approval for release of the permit rests with the Film Desk.

Because of the airport’s high occupancy rate, 99% of airport filming activity occurs on tenant leaseholds. Any tenant (or sub-tenant) may host filming activity on their leasehold as long as they are a LAWA-approved tenant (or sub-tenant) with proper insurance on file with LAWA Risk Management. Sub-tenants interested in hosting filming must receive permission from their master tenant for this activity.

For additional information, contact FilmL.A. at 213-977-8600 or VNY Airport Film Desk/Airport Operations at 818-442-6544.