Two film production companies move to Lake Tahoe
April 16, 2014
Two film and media production companies from Los Angeles — one with a focus on the wine industry, the other on filming extreme sports — relocated to Lake Tahoe last week.
WINERAM Productions creates professional video content — including the documentary television series "WINERAM" — that spotlights winemakers, wineries, travel and more.
The other company, West-Grant Productions, emphasizes extreme sports, but also does work in the wedding industry. The company decided to move after shooting some footage in the area earlier this year.
Colin West, the executive producer of WINERAM and co-owner of West-Grant Productions, said the decision to move the companies to Tahoe was made after an episode of WINERAM was filmed at Sugar Bowl Resort in February.
"A few of us really fell in love with Tahoe," he said of the filming session. "It's been great coming in here. Amazing every day."
The companies, while operating under the same roof, moved to their new digs near Tahoe City last week and settled in with the Tahoe Mill Collective: co-working space at the base of Alpine Meadows Ski Area.
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The new location makes it easier for the production companies to fulfill their goals, West said, particularly when it comes to filming extreme sports.
Tahoe is a few hours away from renowned wine destinations, is a hub for hardcore sports enthusiasts, and still is just a few hours from Los Angeles.
But employees, too, are looking forward to the benefits of mountain living, said Heather Munnelly, assistant producer at WINERAM Productions.
"It's really good for business, film-wise, but also being somewhere we can have a life outside of work and pursue our passions," she said.
WINERAM is currently working on season three of its flagship documentary TV series, which will focus on wine regions in the U.S. The two previous seasons featured wine regions in Australia and New Zealand.
Other projects include a feature-length documentary called "Vintage," which follows the winemaking experience from a cellar hand's perspective. This film is in post-production and will hit the festival circuit in late 2014, according to the company's website.