Magazine article Variety

Ronald Colby Producer

Magazine article Variety

Ronald Colby Producer

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Ronald Colby, a vet of films and TV shows like Francis Ford Coppola's "The Outsiders" and the Ed Zwick/Marshall Herskowitz TV movie "Extreme Close-Up." says he saw the flight of production from California coming 20 years ago.

In 1992, the Vancouver Economic Development Council invited him for an all-expense-paid tour of British Columbia. The Canadian city was just starting to persuade Hollywood that things could be shot there more cheaply.

Six months later Colby took a meeting with MGM TV topper David Gerber, who had also been sweet-talked by the Vancouver lobby Gerber wanted to shoot the Wes Craven series "Nightmare Cafe" in Vancouver, convinced it would cut production costs.

Colby wasn't so sure and argued ferociously that the show could shoot for the same cost in L.A., he recalls. "(Gerber) smacked his cane on the desk and shouted, 'What's the matter? You're afraid of the cold? I'll buy you a mackinaw. I'm talking bottom line, bottom line, bottom line!'

The pilot and series ended up shooting in Vancouver. …

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