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There’s good news for Los Angeles production companies: location shooting in L.A. County is currently on the rise. According to a recent report published by the Los Angeles Times, on-location filming increased by 9 percent in the second quarter of 2013 compared to the same period last year, fueled by a bounce in television production and Web-based shows. This is the third consecutive quarter of growth for location filming in the area.
TV shoots on the streets of L.A. increased by 27 percent from April through June with 4,310 production days, according to figures from FilmL.A., which handles film permits for the city and county. Web-based TV series also contributed big to that production increase, with a whopping 63-percent jump in the quarter, while TV pilots rose 52 percent and sitcoms climbed nearly 40 percent. TV dramas grew a healthy 29 percent in the quarter, though the category still underperformed its five-year average by 12 percent this quarter. Reality TV, one of the largest contributors to L.A.’s television totals, enjoyed a 6.4-percent increase in the quarter.
California’s film and television tax credit program was a key factor in supporting local projects. State-qualified TV shows, including “Pretty Little Liars,” “Rizzoli and Isles” and “Teen Wolf,” accounted for 23 percent of locally shot TV dramas in the quarter. Meanwhile, commercial production grew by 4.5 percent last quarter, generating 1,986 production days. This category also finished 21.5-percent stronger than its five-year average.
While TV and commercial production enjoyed strong increases, on-location feature film production remained roughly the same. The quarter boasted 1,758 production days, but that’s still 9.4 percent better than its five-year average. “The latest report underscores the importance of two recent developments,” says FilmL.A. President Paul Audley. “The first thing to note is an incremental increase in filming driven by new production categories, like Web-based TV. The second is that, unfortunately, we’ve also seen considerable erosion in the most economically significant production categories. On-location feature production in L.A. is nowhere near as common as it was in the mid-’90s, and, despite a good run, we’re still logging fewer days for TV dramas and TV reality series than we used to.”
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