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2016 Walk of Western Stars Honorees are Johnny Crawford, star of Rifleman and Hal Needham, director and stuntman.

Santa Clarita, Calif. – The annual Walk of Western Stars inductees for 2016 have been announced and will be honored during the 23rd Annual Santa ClaritaCowboy Festivalpresented by Logix Federal Credit Union.  This year’s honorees are Johnny Crawford and Hal Needham.  The Stars recognizing the careers of these important Western film and TV professionals will be unveiled at a ceremony on Thursday, April 21, 2016, at 6:30 p.m. on Main Street between Market Street and 8th Street, and will be followed by a Movie Night event at Hart Hall, in William S. Hart Park, located at 24151 Newhall Avenue.

Johnny Crawford appeared in over twenty Western television shows and movies in his long career, and is best known for his role on the popular Western show The Rifleman, which ran from 1958 to 1963.  In the show, Mr. Crawford portrayed Mark McCain, the son of the Rifleman himself, Chuck Connors.  Mr. Crawford also appeared in shows such as The Lone RangerHave Gun-Will TravelWagon TrainBranded, and Little House on the Prairie.  His film work included roles in Westerns, such as El DoradoIndian Paint, and two of the Kenny Rodgers as the Gambler TV Movies.

Hal Needham was a legendary director, stuntman, and actor who did stunt work in over 250 Western films and television shows, and appeared in over 140 Westerns.  Mr. Needham, who passed away in 2013, is perhaps best known for his directing work on the Smokey and the Bandit and Cannonball Run films with Burt Reynolds, but he also directed the 1979 Western The Villain.  His work as a stuntman, stunt coordinator, or actor on classic Westerns includes Blazing SaddlesThe Man Who Shot Liberty ValanceLaramieLittle Big ManMcLintock!How the West Was WonBandoleroRawhide, and The Wild, Wild West.

The Unveiling Ceremony of the Walk of Western Stars plaques will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 21, 2016, on Main Street in Old Town Newhall.  The ceremony will take place between Market and 8th Streets on the west side of the street, just north of the middle of the block.  The unveiling is free and open to the public.  Mr. Crawford will appear in person at the ceremony. 

The unveiling will be followed by a Movie Night event at William S. Hart Park.  The Movie Night includes dinner and a presentation of a montage honoring Mr. Needham and a showing of Mr. Crawford’s favorite episode of The Rifleman, which is entitled “The Ordeal.” There will also be a question and answer session with Mr. Crawford.  The doors will open and dinner will be served at 7:00 p.m., with the program starting at approximately 7:45 p.m.  Tickets are still available for the Movie Night event, and can be purchased at CowboyFestival.org.

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Record Year for Santa Clarita Film Office

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Fiscal Year 2012-2013 (July 1, 2012 – June 30, 2013) was another record year for the Santa Clarita Film Office.  The Film Office is proud to report more than 1,000 film days for the first time ever as well as an increase in the economic impact to the local community compared to the previous fiscal year.

  • Film Days up 18% – 1069 in FY 12/13 vs. 909 in FY 11/12
  • Economic Impact up 22% – $25.7 million in FY 12/13 vs. $21.1 million in FY 11/12
  • Permits down 1% – 368 in FY 12/13 vs. 372 in FY 11/12
  • Film Days up 18% – 1069 in FY 12/13 vs. 909 in FY 11/12
  • Economic Impact up 22% – $25.7 million in FY 12/13 vs. $21.1 million in FY 11/12
  • Permits down 1% – 368 in FY 12/13 vs. 372 in FY 11/12

Movie Ranches Annexed into City

With the approval of the South Sand Canyon annexation in April, the City of Santa Clarita welcomed Sable Ranch, Rancho Maria and A Rancho Deluxe into the City of Santa Clarita and the Movie Ranch Overlay Zone (MOZ).  Of the 692 acres included in the annexation, 540 acres were dedicated movie ranch properties.  The City created the MOZ as a way to support existing production and film businesses while attracting new production and film companies.  Benefits of filming at these movie ranch properties include reduced permit fees, expedited permit processing and no notification required!

Disney ABC Studios at the Ranch

The Disney/ABC Studios at the Ranch project received unanimous approval from the L.A. County Planning Commission in June.  The L.A. County Board of Supervisors will vote for the project’s final approval within the next two-to-three months.  The project will bring soundstages and new production facilities to Golden Oak Ranch and will create thousands of new jobs and an enormous economic benefit throughout L.A. County and Santa Clarita.


( Golden Oak Ranch, Walt Disney Co. / May 22, 2012 )

A close-up view of the fortress built at the ranch for “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End.”

Cameras are rolling at various locations throughout Santa Clarita each and every week.  Here are some of the productions that have recently been shooting around town and where they filmed.


  • Honda – Canyon Theater Guild, Main Street
  • Toyota – Sable Ranch, Happy Valley neighborhood, Veteran’s Historical Plaza
  • Verizon – College of the Canyons

Feature Films:

Music Videos:

  • Miley Cyrus “We Can’t Stop” – Sand Canyon area home

Television Shows:

On Location: The Los Angeles video project. What is your LA?


The Santa Clarita Film Office is working with New Filmmakers Los Angeles (NFMLA), a non-profit organization designed to showcase innovative works by emerging filmmakers. The Los Angeles Video Project is a multimedia program hosted by NFMLA that celebrates and enlists LA’s remarkable pool of filmmakers to act and serve as Ambassadors and share what these artists call their LA; an insider perspective into this diverse, cosmopolitan city and its neighborhoods. Click through to NFMLA to learn more about how to submit your video and share, What is your LA?

Now Playing/Coming Soon


If you live or work in Santa Clarita, chances are you’ll see something familiar next time you go to a movie theater or turn on your TV.  Check out these movies and shows and see if you can spot the Santa Clarita locations!

List of Current Locally Based Shows

The Santa Clarita Film Office is pleased to welcome a new locally based show Chasing Life(formerly Terminales), a one-hour drama series being added to ABC Family’s roster of original programming. The series starts production in July and will premiere on ABC Family in early 2014.