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Caesars Entertainment branching out into TV and film business

Posted at 7:51 AM, Jun 30, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-30 15:28:51-04

Caesars Entertainment is expanding into the film and television industry.

The company opened a 48,000-square-foot soundstage studio this week that will allow for taping of game shows, sitcoms, movies and more.

The popular "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?" is going through run-throughs to prepare for production this summer.

Jason Gastwirth, a vice president at Caesars, says that's just the start.

"Las Vegas is the perfect place to [produce movies and TV,] having close proximity to Hollywood as well as the infrastructure to support these productions," Gastwirth said.

The Nevada Film Office welcomes the new studio.

Eric Preiss is the director there, and he says Caesars is doubling down on its reputation as being film- and TV-friendly.

"At the end of the day it's about showcasing the state of Nevada to the world and hiring locals, using local production companies," Preiss said.

Since 2012, there have been an average of nearly 500 productions a year in Nevada.

Preiss says that number could rise in coming years.

"The old philosophy is 'If you build it, they will come,'" he said. "We need to build it and then we need to use those facilities to attract more production."

Auditions for "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?" begin July 5 at Bally's. CLICK HERE FOR INFORMATION.