Sanborn Studios adding veteran Hollywood muscle

LAKEWOOD RANCH -- Sanborn Studios, which officially launched its Lakewood Ranch facility in November, has added some veteran Hollywood film executives to its team.

Chief Financial Officer Alan Bailey joins Founder/Chief Executive Ken Sanborn and President Karinne Behr at the top of the television and movie production company’s roster.

Bailey maximized state production incentives while working at Paramount Pictures for 35 years. Since retiring from one of the world’s oldest and most successful film studios as senior vice president and treasurer in 2009, he has headed Moving Star Media. The Los Angeles-based company’s services include independent motion picture and television script development, finance, production and distribution services, as well as marketing. Bailey has also been affiliated with the company “Tax Credits LLC for some time, which specializes in tax credit incentives from many states,” noted Sarasota County Film & Entertainment Director Jeanne Corcoran.

Bailey will work in Lakewood Ranch and in Los Angeles, where he plans to open a Sanborn Studios satellite office in the Century City district, home to numerous law firms and agencies with ties to the film, television and music industries.

“It’s very important to have a presence in Los Angeles to interface with producers and bring production here and to interface with talent agencies like William Morris, because that’s where the nucleus of many productions start,” Bailey said Friday, reached on his mobile phone while at Sanborn Studios.

“But it’s also important to have a presence on both coasts -- and I look forward to also taking up residency in Sarasota.”

While at Paramount, Bailey saved the company more than $75 million through state production incentives for movies such as “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” “Up In The Air” and “Shutter Island,” according to the Sanborn Studios’ website.

Bailey applauded Florida’s tax credit of 30 percent of production costs spent within the state, as well as the $250,000 Sarasota County incentive.

In addition to those perks, he says his sales pitch to Hollywood producers will include “the brand new sound stage at Sanborn Studios, the diversity of the geography -- from sand mines and jungle to swamps and middle America -- and the lower cost of filming here; the hotel rates are very favorable.”

Bailey also cited easy access to Tampa and Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport. And the community, he stressed, is “very excited about the film industry,” making it easier to shoot without complaints from neighbors.

Sanborn Studios also has named Dan Forman as senior vice president of program development.

Forman directed live news coverage in New York City for 30 years and created non-news programming such as the original Howard Stern TV show, according to the Sanborn website.

The Sanborn television series “Miami 24/7” about competing news helicopters, starring Casper Van Dien (“Starship Troopers”), remains in “pre-production.” The studios’ site also mentions three reality shows -- “Cutting Edge Medicine,” “You Can Make a Difference” and “Celebrities Up/Close” -- but doesn’t offer details yet about production. Sanborn Studios Director of Media Relations & Creative Development Ray Collins declined comment.

“It’s wonderful for Ken (Sanborn) to be able to attract this kind of talent,” said Kathy Baylis, founding president and chief executive officer of the Economic Development Corp. of Sarasota County.

“They strengthen the studio, which has already become an asset to the community.”

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