L.A. Filming Centennial Highlights What’s at Stake

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This year Los Angeles’ movie industry celebrates a centennial.  One hundred years ago in 1909 the first motion picture filmed entirely within Los Angeles was shot downtown at 8th and Olive.  Film production became a signature industry for our region and state, as its products were exported throughout the world. Unfortunately, movie industry jobs have been exported as well. The phenomenon … Read More

Seasons Change, Cloudy Outlook Remains

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New FilmL.A. production data reveals that local on-location feature film production dropped 38 percent between July and September, as compared to the same period last year.  The year-over-year decline from 1,897 to 1,181 permitted production days (PPD) is due to a string of unusually early project wraps; many producers chose to start their projects ahead of mid-year contract deadlines.   … Read More

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

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

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

L.A.-Based Film Production Slips in ’07

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There were fewer white trucks on the streets of Los Angeles in 2007. Last year, uncertainty related to industry contract talks and a November walkout by Hollywood writers helped cast a long shadow over film production in L.A. Overall filming levels in L.A. slipped one percent last year, with six of eight tracked production categories posting annual declines. Tepid performance … Read More