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Film Reno Tahoe, a  new division of the Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority, announced today the grand opening of Reno Tahoe Studios, a reimagining of the south end of the 500,000 sq. ft. Reno-Sparks Convention Center.


“Reno Tahoe has a wide variety of cityscapes and outdoor locations that allow Hollywood to recreate almost any location in the world,” said RSCVA President and CEO Christopher Baum. He continued, “With Reno Tahoe Studios offering three clear-span stages of 50,000, 60,000 and 70,000 sq. ft., and numerous production offices and additional spaces, we now have one of the most flexible studios for building interior sets in the country. And the film tax incentive passed this June by the Nevada Legislature finally allows our state to join the race to capture the billions of dollars of movie and television productions that are currently heading to Louisiana, Georgia and other states that have aggressively welcomed the entertainment industry with economic incentives.”

The state’s new “film production incentive,” SB 165, was co-written by Film Reno Tahoe Film Liaison Jeff Spilman, and goes into effect January 1, 2014. Spilman, Baum and the RSCVA’s government affairs firm, Porter, Gordon, Silver, were instrumental in educating legislators about how film production incentives work and why Nevada needed one to capture its fair share of this huge, non-polluting, job-creating industry. Baum and Spilman had previously worked closely together in Michigan, a film incentive state that saw its share of the entertainment industry grow from $6 million to more than $320 million in just two years, creating thousands of high-paying jobs for local citizens – and using tens of thousands of hotel rooms – in the process.

“The film industry is driven by economic incentives,” said Spilman. “Beginning in January, producers will come to Northern Nevada and spend millions of dollars, hiring our workers and doing business with local companies. This would never have happened without the RSCVA’s leadership and hands-on involvement.”

Glenn Gainor, President-Production for the Screen Gems division of Sony Pictures was also on hand for today’s grand opening. Mr. Gainor is on a scout of the Reno Tahoe area, and Reno Tahoe Studios, as a guest of Film Reno Tahoe, as Baum, Spilman and the RSCVA team continue to educate the movie and television production industry on the many benefits of filming in Northern Nevada.

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Barrett-Jackson holds inaugural collector car auction during Hot August Nights Aug. 8-10

WHO: Hot August Nights and Barrett-Jackson

6BarrettJacksonChromeLogo_186WHAT: The inaugural Hot August Nights Auction presented by Barrett-Jackson will take place Thursday, Aug. 8, through Saturday, Aug. 10 at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center. Bid on some of the most recognizable and historic automobiles in the world and purchase your dream car at “The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions™.” Tickets are available at

WHEN:                 Thursday, Aug. 8 through Saturday, Aug. 10

WHERE:              Reno-Sparks Convention Center – 4590 S. Virginia St. Reno, NV 89502

WHY: Established in 1971 and headquartered in Scottsdale, Ariz., Barrett-Jackson specializes in providing products and services to classic and collector car owners, astute collectors and automotive enthusiasts around the world. The company produces “The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions™” in Scottsdale, Ariz., Palm Beach, Fla., Las Vegas, Nev., and Reno Tahoe, Nev. Barrett-Jackson also endorses a one-of-a-kind collector car insurance offering for collector vehicles and other valued belongings. For more information about Barrett-Jackson, visit or call (480) 421-6694.

Barrett-Jackson Announces Three Bonus Hours Of Live TV Coverage During Inaugural Hot August Nights Auction August 8-10, 2013

Safari Club International sets up ‘perfect shots’ in Reno

The 37th annual Safari Club International convention is taking place at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center now through Saturday, January 24, 2009, which marks the seventh consecutive year that SCI has held their annual convention in Reno.

Approximately 23,000 hunting enthusiasts, from 50 countries, are expected in Reno this week, up almost 10% over 2008.

It is estimated that the convention will have a $20 million impact on the local economy, including over 24,000 roomnights.

The show will feature more than 1,000 exhibits, seminars and auctions spread throughout 650,000 square feet of convention space. It’s being held at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center, Atlantis Casino Resort Spa and the Peppermill Hotel Casino.

The group also has committed to return to Reno again next year.