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Movie, TV productions give South Florida an economic lift

When Telemundo Media producers needed a majestic Mediterranean-style estate for its latest telenovela, they didn't go to Miami. They flocked to Southwest Ranches.

Since February, the network has been filming "Corazon Valiente" (Brave Heart) twice a week at the multi-acre home of Barbie Castro.

The real estate broker and actor said she charges by the day for 12-hour shoots at her 12,000-square-foot golden-orange hued home, although she wouldn't say how much.

"It's nice to have the extra income," she said gladly. "You don't depend on it [to live on] but when it's here, it's great."

South Florida's thriving film and TV industry...