FilmL.A. Forecasts Year-End Production Shortfall

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FilmL.A.’s third-quarter film production report is out, and the news has cast a chill over the industry’s hopes for a year-end recovery.   Overall on-location film production dropped 14.3 percent in the third quarter, with a 21.4 percent drop in television production leading the decline.  All told, filmmakers logged 9,680 permitted production days (PPD) between July through September 2009, compared … Read More

Chalk One Up for Filming: Production Pads School Budgets

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School might have been out for summer, but thanks to steady filmmaker interest in area school properties, recent months were hot ones for filming on campus. FilmL.A.’s first and largest educational client, LAUSD, recently witnessed a year-over-year increase of 103 percent in revenue and 28 percent in signed rental contracts from the beginning of June through the end of September. … Read More

Waiting for Their Big Break(even)

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This is L.A.  Nearly everyone knows someone who wants to “make it” in showbiz — as a singer, actor, writer, director, etc.  But there are numerous local businesses that serve the entertainment industry that are also trying to “make it” — by keeping their doors open and staff employed, as the struggling economy and the flight of the industry to … Read More

Year-to-Date Filming Levels Deflate

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As FilmL.A. last week, on-location filming across all tracked categories declined 24.5 percent in the first half of 2009, compared to the same six-month period in 2008. We recorded 19,015 permitted production days (PPD) between January and June 2009, compared to 25,196 PPD tallied in the previous year.   Struggling under four straight quarters of double-digit losses, Feature film production … Read More

Getting a Grip on Reality

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Since FilmL.A. was founded in 1995, we have regularly provided detailed information about the volume and type of permitted on-location filming coordinated by our office.  Our film production data, widely viewed as the best available benchmark of regional filming activity, has been used by countless researchers studying entertainment and its impact on the local economy. In mid-July, we will publish … Read More