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Emma Stone tennis film spent millions in LA

Battle of the Sexes

True-life tennis movie Battle of the Sexes, starring Emma Stone and Steve Carell, spent millions filming on location in Los Angeles.

Directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, the film tells the story of the 1973 tennis match between champion players Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs.

The game became knonw as the ‘Battle of the Sexes’ and became one of the most viewed tennis events in the sport’s history.

The film secured tax credit support of around $3.4m to film in Los Angeles, according to figures from the California Film Commission

Producers spent just under $17m shooting in the city, with the movie’s broader economic impact thought to reach some $25m.

“California’s incentive programme entices productions which in turn bring in revenue for local businesses, individuals and families,” said Charles Rivkin, CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America.

“Battle of the Sexes is a great example of a film that brought significant economic gain to the local area and will continue to do so after premiere night.”

Over the course of a month of location filming, expenditure for Battle of the Sexes included $350,000 on transport, $15,000 on accommodation and $9m in wages to 3,000 local crew.

California’s filming incentive programme prioritises TV, but is starting to attract big-budget features like David Ayer’s fantasy crime story Bright, Ava DuVernay’s A Wrinkle in Time for Disney and the upcoming superhero film Captain Marvel

See KFTV's production guide for more on filming in California.

Images: Melinda Sue Gordon/20th Century Fox