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“Big Little Lies” – Filmed in Monterey County – Named Finalist for COLA Award

Big Little Lies TV SeriesFinalists for COLAs were selected from nearly 150 submissions, with winners determined in voting by members of Film Liaisons in California Statewide (FLICS), past COLA winners, and a steering committee of Teamsters Local 399 members. The invitation-only COLA event has grown to become the largest awards program and industry event.

The Monterey County Film Commission is a member of FLICS, a statewide nonprofit corporation with more than 40 member film commissions benefiting from the organization’s development of standards, guidelines, education and marketing resources.

An estimated $2.5 million came into Monterey County from on-location spending by the Big Little Lies production. Local crew, hotels, property owners, and providers of goods and services benefited from the economic boost the production brought. The Big Little Lies production also left some other local bonuses–new stairs leading to Garrapata State Beach, and a prop which is now a new sign for the Monterey City Hall.

The HBO series air date has not yet been announced, but is expected to be in early 2017.

The Monterey County Film Commission reports that more than $100 million has come into local communities from film production since the film commission was created by the Monterey County Board of Supervisors in 1987.