Film Permit Help for Production Companies

“We Love Your Toughest Jobs.” Permit Expediting, Busting Through Red Tape, and Getting to”Yes.”

Challenging shoot within the TMZ? Night filming in a park in Pasadena? Unsure about permitting a frequently filmed neighborhood? Need extended hours, several days of filming or need to close a major thoroughfare? Or just basic questions about filming a particular city?

Ariel Penn can help you prepare and pull the permits you need for those special, challenging projects. Ariel can serve as a liaison to government officials, brainstorm ideas for getting your project approved faster, attend and present at public, Commission or Council meetings, prepare necessary paperwork (photographic site plans, parking plans, film permits, reservation forms, neighborhood outreach maps, traffic studies, etc) and develop effective visual presentations so your job gets speedy reviews and approvals.


Ariel can be there for your prep/shoot/strike days to serve as a liaison with the production, the community and local government staff/officials assigned to your shoot and to resolve any issues that could jeopardize your schedule or production.

Ariel’s experience:

  • 23 years as the Film Liaison for the City of Pasadena. Supervised logistics for the City on over 11,500 permits and approximately 30,000 days of filming. Worked in the City Manager’s Department with the current City Manager Steve Mermell.
  • 2 plus years as the Film Liaison for the City of West Hollywood and currently interacts regularly on social media with two of the City Councilmembers.
  • Coordinated dual jurisdiction film permits with Beverly Hills and South Pasadena. Served as a mentor to the current South Pasadena Film Liaison.
  • Worked early in her career as an assistant (for 2 years) to current L.A. City Councilman Paul Koretz.
  • Currently serves on the Economic Development & Small Business Advisory Committee for State Assembly District 38, appointed by State Assemblywoman Christy Smith which covers Santa Clarita, Simi Valley, Porter Ranch and Castaic. Worked as a campaign volunteer for Assemblywoman Smith during the 2018 election.

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