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

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

On-location Filming in Greater Los Angeles Increases 11.4 Percent

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On-location filming is growing in Greater Los Angeles, having increased 11.4 percent (as measured in total Shoot Days, or SD) in the first quarter of 2016 over the same period the prior year. Local on-location Feature production increased 23.7 percent (to 1,145 SD) in the first quarter, thanks to a significant assist from California’s Film & Television Tax Credit Program. … Read More

FilmL.A. Research Releases 2015 Production Retrospective

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On-location filming in Greater Los Angeles increased 1.3 percent in in 2015 to 37,289 Shoot Days (SD)*, thanks to a rise in scripted television production and the aid of the California Film & Television Tax Credit 2.0. That was the key takeaway from FilmL.A. Research’s latest report, “2015 Production Retrospective,” released last month.  The comprehensive, 19-page report is available for … Read More

Los Angeles Filming Levels Leap for Location-Based Scripted TV

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On-location film production in Greater Los Angeles increased 3.8 percent in the third quarter of 2015 to 9,510 Shoot Days (SD)*, according to numbers released today by FilmL.A. The bump was due primarily to a 54.5 percent quarterly increase in L.A. area scripted television production. The not-for-profit organization FilmL.A. serves as the official film office of the City of Los … Read More

FilmL.A. Issues 2015 Pilot Production Report

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Released in July, FilmL.A.’s 2015 Pilot Production Report provides updated insight from our decade-old tracking effort focused on new television projects and promising series. This year’s report features expanded analysis of digital pilot production and trends in “straight-to-series” pilot orders and “pilot-to-series” relocation. FilmL.A.’s 2015 count shows that 202 broadcast, cable and digital pilots (111 Dramas, 91 Comedies) were produced … Read More

Second Quarter a Surprise for Scripted Series in L.A.

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As announced by FilmL.A. in mid-July, on-location filming in Greater Los Angeles slipped 1.9 percent in the second quarter of 2015 to 9,396 Shoot Days (SD).  Despite the quarterly slip, FilmL.A.’s second quarter report revealed welcome growth in local scripted television production. TV Drama production rose 12.3 percent (to 1,004 SD) in the second quarter of 2015 over the same … Read More