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    From: (Jms at B5)
 Subject: Attn JMS - Babylon Productions closed, or not?
    Date: 6/25/1999 12:49:00 PM  

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Rabkin, a thorn in the side to many folks, does tend to speak out on matters
that do not actually involve him (witness his letter attacking Harlan in
Creative Screenwriting a few issues back).

Anyway, to the point: WB was leasing the stage we were using for B5 and
Crusade. The lease expired in the middle of this month, and WB figured that if
we get renewed for a second season, we can easily set up the sets elsewhere;
they were not struck or torn down, they were all carefully folded and are being
held pending a decision. ALL our sets are made for "fold and hold" because we
have so many that have to go in and out of a small amount of space. In 6 years
the only set that didn't get that treatment was the Zocalo, because it was just
too darned big.

So the costs will be minimal in unpacking the sets and hooking 'em up in
another stage.


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    From: (Jms at B5)
 Subject: Attn JMS - Babylon Productions closed, or not?
    Date: 6/25/1999 1:02:00 PM  

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>He knows that the Crusade soundstages and presumably storage space are about
>go to someone else. That's bad, because it will force WB to decide whether
>costs of moving and continuing to store the sets is worth it.

Sorry, that's totally incorrect. The sets are all stored and can go up

What people don't seem to understand here -- in part by someone looking to
cause a problem -- is that this is *commonplace.*

When we shot the B5 pilot movie, we had pretty much as many sets for that as we
had on Crusade to the point of ep 13. We didn't shoot it at the Sun Valley
locale, that came later. We shot it further north of LA, then WB stored the
sets, just as they stored 'em now.

When we got the pickup for the B5 series, we just took the sets out of storage,
found the Sun Valley location, and put them up in fairly short order.

It ain't a big deal. Doesn't mean there will or won't be a second season, it's
utterly irrelevant either way.


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