FilmL.A. Staff Profile: Donna Washington

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In 1993, current FilmL.A. Vice President of Permit Operations Donna Washington left her job as a social worker for the County of Los Angeles to accept a position as a film and video permit coordinator for the City of Los Angeles’ Motion Picture and Television Division, under the Board of Public Works. When the City and County of Los Angeles … Read More

FilmL.A. Board Member Profile: Ed Duffy

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Ed Duffy is a FilmL.A. Board Member and Chair of our Operations Subcommittee. He has been a Location Manager for 28 years, working on such shows as Dynasty, Moonlighting, Melrose Place and The OC. Ed has been a Trustee with Teamsters Local 399 for the past seven years and for the past two years has served as the Business Agent … Read More

Traditional TV Hiatus on Hiatus

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Although you might have seen or heard occasional news to the contrary, on-location television production in Los Angeles has risen dramatically in the past five weeks compared to last year. Within this period, FilmL.A. has coordinated and released 222 percent more permits for television dramas than we did during the same period in ’07. Meanwhile, permits for TV pilots are … Read More

Second Annual Location Managers Reception a Success

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In April, FilmL.A. opened its doors for our annual Location Managers Reception, welcoming over one hundred of the men and women working hard behind the scenes to facilitate on-location production. With the lights of Downtown Los Angeles as the backdrop, FilmL.A. customers, including location managers and permit service representatives, gathered at our office to unwind, get acquainted face-to-face and talk shop. … Read More

Film Production Sedate So Far in ’08

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On-location production in Los Angeles slumped 23 percent in the first quarter, according to our latest year-to-year comparison. The recent strike by Hollywood writers — which lasted from last November through the middle of February — triggered an industry-wide shutdown in scripted television production that took hold at the beginning of the new year. In all, FilmL.A. coordinated 2,921 fewer … Read More

Keeping Filming in L.A.: Community Relations Sets the Scene

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Each year, thousands of visitors to Los Angeles take tours of studio back-lots to see where their favorite movies and TV shows are filmed. Many of those visitors, and possibly many local residents, may not realize that much of the region’s film production takes place not on a sound-stage, but rather in one of L.A.’s many diverse neighborhoods. FilmL.A. helps … Read More

FilmL.A. Monitors: At Your Service

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Have you seen a FilmL.A. Monitor in your neighborhood? FilmL.A. Monitors are assigned to on-location film productions to complement location managers by serving as “ambassadors” and a point of contact for residents and business owners who may have concerns or questions about the filming process. During a typical day a monitor will interact with the public and production company to … Read More

Pace of Production Still Slow for Scripted Television

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A month after the end of the 100-day strike by Hollywood writers, the television production industry continues to struggle to bring crews back to work. FilmL.A. has compiled data showing post-strike permitted production tracking well below 2007 levels for the same period. In the last month, sitcom producers filmed 97 percent fewer days on-location than they did the previous year, … Read More

FilmL.A. Celebrates the Bridges of the Los Angeles River

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FilmL.A. has joined the Los Angeles Conservancy, Friends of the Los Angeles River and the Getty Conservation Institute to celebrate a unique collection of historic structures and a hot topic of study and debate. FilmL.A. is a co-sponsor of “Spanning History: The Bridges of the Los Angeles River”, which will include an April 10 panel discussion regarding the status of, … Read More

Avoid the Freeway, Claim Permits the Free Way

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Are film permit pick-ups draining your tank or wallet? FilmL.A. has a way to top off your day. Email delivery of finalized film permits is now available for “Permits on Account” (POA) credit customers. In addition to enjoying convenient, deferred payment terms, POA members will no longer have to drive to FilmL.A. to pick up permits or pay to have … Read More