On-Location Filming Slides 3.9% in Los Angeles in Second Quarter

Variety | 7/18/2019 | Dave McNary
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Held down by a lack of soundstage space, total on-location filming in greater Los Angeles declined 3.9% in the second quarter to 8,632 shoot days, permitting agency FilmLA reported Thursday.

“Although our latest report reveals a decline in filming on location, local production facilities tell us that they are operating at capacity,” said FilmLA president Paul Audley.

Report - Television - Spot - LA - Production

The report showed that scripted television remains the bright spot in the L.A. production picture as TV dramas surged 17.3% to 842 shoot days, comedies gained 3.2% to 485 days and pilots surged 35.5% to 149. A cyclical drop in TV reality, which was down 16.2% percent to 737 days, pulled the television category down 1.2% overall to 2,918 days.

FilmLA also reported that scripted television production in Los Angeles is increasingly driven by the California Film & Television Tax Credit Program with 51.7% percent of local TV drama shoot days coming from incentivized series — a new milestone. The tax credit is also responsible for 20.8% percent of L.A.’s on-location TV comedy production. Recent incentivized projects include “Animal Kingdom,” “Ballers,” “Euphoria,” “Good Trouble,” “Mayans MC,” “Snowfall” “Strange Angel,” “SWAT,” “Westworld,” “Why Women Kill,” and “You.”

Year - California - Gov - Jerry - Brown

A year ago, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed an extension of California’s production tax credit program for five years beyond its 2020 expiration with $1.6 billion in credits. The program was more than tripled in size in 2014 to $330 million annually to...
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