Local Television Pilot Production Plummets

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Not long ago, each February found the Los Angeles region abuzz with film production activity. New television pilots, produced in anticipation of May screenings for network television advertisers, joined continuing TV series, feature films and commercial projects in competition for talent, crews, stage space and sought-after locations. But, pilot producers working in L.A. might find that they have their pick … Read More

L.A. Region’s On-Location Filming in Freefall

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For our local film production professionals, the first quarter of 2009 was a tough time to find work on feature films or commercial projects in Los Angeles.  As FilmL.A. on April 14, 2009, on-location feature film and commercial production levels experienced drastic year-over-year declines for the period, while television production misleadingly appeared to soar compared to the strike-affected first quarter … Read More

L.A.-Based Big-Budget Features Going, Going, Gone?

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FilmL.A.’s annual production figures for 2008 are in, and the data reveal that all is not well with L.A.’s signature industry. Total on-location filming coordinated by FilmL.A. decreased 8.1 percent in the fourth quarter of 2008 compared to the same period in 2007, from 13,353 to 12,277 permitted days of production.  By year’s end, total days had dropped 1.7 percent, … Read More

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