Second Quarter Gains from First Quarter Pains

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On-location filming reached record highs this past April through June, as a unique combination of seasonal and economic circumstances fueled a 26 percent year-over-year rise in production.   During the past three months, FilmL.A. coordinated a total of 17,375 permitted days of on-location production, making the second quarter of 2008 the busiest single quarter ever observed.  FilmL.A.’s recent announcement of … Read More

North County Partners Envision Filming Without Borders

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On July 16, 2008 the Palmdale City Council voted to approve a contract with FilmL.A. for on-location film permit coordination. FilmL.A. has already partnered with the City of Lancaster and Los Angeles County to coordinate location filming in Palmdale-adjacent areas. This new agreement means FilmL.A. can now coordinate film production within Palmdale city limits and can combine Palmdale locations with … 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

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

New Film Permitting System Launched

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On March 1, FilmL.A. proceeded with the internal launch of OPS, a custom-built film permitting system. More than two years in development, OPS was engineered to replace an aging, no-longer-supported database inherited in 1995 from the City of Los Angeles. FilmL.A.’s considerable investment in OPS reflects our commitment to streamlining the film permitting process for the jurisdictions and production-industry customers … Read More