Ford v Ferrari is an Economic Engine for California, Fueling Additional $101.6 Million for Local Economy

November 15, 2019

LOS ANGELES — The production of Ford v Ferrari drove in much more than cameras, lighting, 1960’s Ferraris, and the Ford GT40 when it filmed in California. According to new data released by 20th Century Fox, the production pumped in $101.6 million to the local economy over the course of 68 days spent in the state. More than 13,600 local workers raced home with wages totaling over $73 million.

“To recreate Ford’s renowned Michigan headquarters, Ferrari’s legendary Italian headquarters, and the iconic Les Mans track in France, all in the heart of Southern California, is no easy feat,” said Motion Picture Association Chairman Charles Rivkin. “Yet, this thrilling production did just that while employing thousands of local workers and supporting small businesses. It is truly a testament to the power of film — not only to entertain, but to lift up the creative and local economy.”

Ford v Ferrari filmed in 28 locations throughout Southern California, including regions outside of Los Angeles, such as Kern, Orange, Santa Rosa, and San Bernardino counties. These locations doubled for locales outside of California, including Florida, Michigan, England, France, and Italy.

“Shot throughout Southern California, Ford v Ferrari doesn’t just showcase our roads and vistas, it also showcases the talent and hard work of many Southern Californians employed in the production,” said Creative Rights Caucus Co-Chair, Representative Judy Chu (C-27). “From craft services to stunts to sets to costumes and more, the film industry means good paying jobs for below the line workers in California. In fact, the movie industry has supported over 300,000 jobs and over $21 billion in wages in California alone. And it’s similar across the country where the creative industries form a vital part of our economies. That is why I’m proud to support the creative industries. Movies like Ford v Ferrari aren’t just proud cultural exports, they are also a key to economic success and the success of working families.”

The production took part in California’s production incentive program, which has encouraged more film production in the state and, in turn, generating more for the local economy, employing more local workers, and supporting more small businesses.

“’Ford v Ferrari’ is the type of big-budget project that can bring significant employment and spending to regions across California, and we’re delighted it was filmed here in the Golden State,” said California Film Commission Executive Director Colleen Bell. “California can double for anywhere in the world. We have the infrastructure, locations, and talent to bring just about anything filmmakers can imagine to the big screen.”

By the numbers, Ford v Ferrari’s production’s local economic impact:

  • More than $101.6 million generated for the local economy,
  • More than 13,600 local workers hired driving home with wages totaling over $73 million,
  • More than $20.8 million on local rentals and purchases for set design, production, and other supplies,
  • More than $2.5 million on transportation, including truck and car rentals,
  • More than $1.6 million on local catering and food for the cast and crew,
  • More than $1.1 million on lodging, and
  • More than $1.9 million on hardware and lumber supplies.

Ford v Ferrari opens in theaters today, Friday, November 15. Visit The Credits for a behind-the-scenes look.

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About the Motion Picture Association

The Motion Picture Association, Inc. (MPA) serves as the global voice and advocate of the motion picture, home video, and television industries. It works in every corner of the globe to advance the creative industry, protect its members’ content across all screens, defend the creative and artistic freedoms of storytellers, and support innovative distribution models that bring an expansion of viewing choices to audiences around the world.

Its member studios are: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures; Netflix, Inc.; Paramount Pictures Corporation; Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc.; Universal City Studios LLC; and Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Charles Rivkin is Chairman and CEO.