From Megan Fox to Owen Wilson, cash-strapped schools are increasingly getting moral and financial support from Hollywood.
School districts from Lawndale to Glendale are drumming up extra money by renting their campuses as locations for movies, TV shows, and commercials, according to a report by Christina Hoag of the Associated Press. FilmL.A. Inc., a Los Angeles-based nonprofit group who helps filmmakers cut through red-tape to get access to film sites, say they have received a flurry of requests from interested school districts.
Since 2008, La Canada, Lawndale and San Gabriel Unified school districts have joined FilmLa's client list. The earnings can be substantial. FilmL.A. takes a 16 percent commission for arranging the deals. The district can rake in 25 percent with the school taking the rest. Los Angeles Unified, a FilmL.A. client since 2002, made $1.5 million in fees from such movie deals since July 2009, according to the story. Officials at University High in Los Angeles ordered floor tiles replaced, landscaping overhauled and classes and lockers moved to accommodate Owen Wilson's movie "Drillbit Taylor." The school earned $90,000 for its trouble.
'Schools have historically been reluctant to make themselves available, but now they're falling over themselves,' Scott Graham, leasing director for the sprawling 1,000-school Los Angeles Unified School District, told the AP.
With stars such as Megan Fox making videos in support of teachers, don't expect schools to slow down their current Tinseltown love-affair.