“Burn Notice” gets “handshake deal” from city

Despite months of speculation that the USA television series “Burn Notice” might leave Miami, the show has reached a “handshake deal” with the City of Miami to stay in its current location, adjacent to City Hall, for one more year, Miami Today reported. The 107,000-square-foot space has served as the shows primary film studio through six season, adding millions of dollars to the local economy. The agreement — brokered by Miami Commissioner Marc Sarnoff — raises Fox Television Studios rent to $450,000 a year from $240,000. However, the deal must be approved by the full Miami commission before it is official.

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As part of its Coconut Grove Waterfront Master Plan, the city wants to demolish the building to make way for a waterfront park.  “These are odd times economically and this is a one-time situation,” said Leah Sokolwsky, president of advocacy group. “I think it’s great that the city has offered this facility to [Fox subsidiary] TVM Productions for these all these years. I’m amazingly happy and hopeful at the outcome. It shows they do get it — they do understand the value of this industry.” [Miami Today]Christopher Cameron