‘Burn Notice’ Finale Brings Curtain Down On South Florida Production Companies, Too

Sep 12, 2013

In this July 24, 2013 photo, film crews prepare the set for rehearsal and taping of an episode of "Burn Notice" in Miami. The cable spy drama is coming to an end after seven seasons with a big finale today.
Credit Alan Diaz / AP

Starting Friday, Miami will see a sharp drop in sabotage, sniper fire and explosions. And that has quite a few people worried about the future.

With Thursday’s telecast of the finale of Burn Notice, the city’s No. 1 source of fictional attacks and espionage will end its seven-year run as the most successful series since Miami Vice and the linchpin of the English-language production industry.

Burn Notice’s dramatic exit (producers are touting the death of a major character) comes amid a grim stretch for production companies, which have lost three major series this summer and say they need Florida to extend its film subsidies to revive the industry.

“It feels like the rug is being pulled out from under us,” said Graham Winick, head of Miami Beach’s film office and a leading local advocate for the industry. “Things are very difficult right now.”

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