Feature Production Rebounds in L.A. as Local Filming Sets New Records

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On-location filming in Greater Los Angeles increased 5.1 percent between October and December of last year, according to a report released today by FilmL.A. The increase helped make 2016 the busiest year in recent memory, as annual filming increased 6.2 percent over 2015, to 39,605 Shoot Days (SD)*. FilmL.A. is a not-for profit organization that serves as the official film … Read More

Record Filming Levels Reflect Dynamic Content Mix in L.A.

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FilmL.A. Research issued a new report this week, revealing that on-location filming in Greater Los Angeles increased 3.0 percent last quarter to a record-setting 9,795 Shoot Days (SD)*. From July through September, an increase in Television production (up 2.7 percent to 4,423 SD) offset modest declines in on-location Feature (down 5 percent to 1,089 SD) and Commercials (down 2.6 percent … Read More

Spotlighting Industry Trends – FilmL.A.’s 2016 Pilot Production Study

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Earlier this month, FilmL.A. released its annual Pilot Production Report, which tracks where television pilots are produced each year.  FilmL.A.’s official count shows that 201 broadcast, cable and digital pilots (123 Dramas, 78 Comedies) were produced during the 2015-16 development cycle, just one less than the prior year. Out of those 201 pilots, a total of 79 projects (25 Dramas, … Read More

Feature Film Production on the Increase in Los Angeles

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On-location filming in Greater Los Angeles increased 5.8 percent between April and June, 2016 to 9,937 Shoot Days (SD)*, according to an update from FilmL.A. Continuing growth in the Feature Films category, attributable to the California Film & Television Tax Credit Program, helped keep local film crews working. Local on-location Feature production increased 9.7 percent (to 1,309 SD) in the … Read More

FilmL.A. Staffers Attend 2016 NALIP Media Summit

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In June, FilmL.A. staffers attended the 2016 NALIP Media Summit hosted by the National Association of Latino Independent Producers.  NALIP is the premiere Latino media organization that addresses the professional needs of Latin content creators.  NALIP was founded in 1999, with the mission to promote, advance and advocated for Latino content creators across all media platforms. “FilmL.A. understands the importance … Read More

2015 Feature Film Production Study

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FilmL.A., the not-for-profit film office serving the Greater Los Angeles region, today announced the release of a new report prepared by its research division. The 2015 Feature Film Production Study analyzes a sample of 109 U.S. feature films released theatrically last year, identifying where they were filmed and how much was spent to produce them. The report also examines California’s … Read More

City of San Dimas Partners with FilmL.A. for Permits

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The City of San Dimas has approved an agreement with FilmL.A. establishing the not-for-profit as the film permit coordinator for the area.  FilmL.A. will now accept applications for permits to film within the San Dimas city limits. Located twenty-five minutes east of Los Angeles in the heart of the San Gabriel Valley, San Dimas is known for its blend of … Read More

FilmL.A. Honored as Outstanding Film Commission at LMGI Awards

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On April 23, the locations community gathered at the Alex Theatre in Glendale for the third annual Location Managers Guild International Awards.  Awards were bestowed in six categories including Outstanding Locations in a Period Film, Outstanding Locations in a Contemporary Film, Outstanding Locations in a Period Television Series, Outstanding Locations in a Contemporary Television Series, Outstanding Locations in a Commercial. … Read More

5 Years and Counting… FilmL.A. Staffers Clean the LA River

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This year, Friends of the Los Angeles River (FoLAR) conducted its 30th Annual Los Angeles River Clean-Up.  To commemorate this special anniversary, organizers divided the river into three sections and hosted three separate clean-up days. FilmL.A. participated in the clean-up for its fifth straight year, using it as an opportunity to give back to the local communities where filming happens. Human … Read More

FilmL.A. Co-Sponsors Newport Beach Film Festival

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FilmL.A.’s efforts to keep film production in the region took staff to Orange County in April for the Newport Beach Film Festival (NBFF).  FilmL.A. — dba Film SoCal — recently signed Newport Beach as a client.  This year marks our second year as a co-sponsor of NBFF.  Our staff were on hand for various screenings, the Festival’s opening and closing … Read More