FilmL.A. Data Provide Insight Into Local Production

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When California State Assemblymember Anthony J. Portantino called a hearing on March 18, 2011 to discuss California’s Film & Television Tax Credit, FilmL.A. was on the short list of organizations invited to testify.

FilmL.A. Vice President of Communications and Public Affairs Todd Lindgren delivered a short presentation to the Select Committee on the Preservation of California’s Entertainment Industry. Using a longitudinal analysis of on-location feature film production data, FilmL.A. was able to demonstrate the effect of the credit on moviemaking in the Los Angeles region.

“The year 2008 was the worst year on record for on-location feature film production in Los Angeles, at least until the following year,” Lindgren testified.

“In 2009, we punched through the floor a second time, to an all time annual low of just 4,976 feature film production days in the region.  Were it not for the contribution of state-incentivized feature projects, we’d have dipped lower still in 2010,” Lindgren continued.

FilmL.A.’s testimony underscores the importance of having widely-available, reliable and objective data on state and regional film production.  FilmL.A. has become a trusted source for production information and our production summary reports are used by state and local officials, journalists, academic researchers, policy analysts, venture capitalists and entrepreneurs seeking a better understanding of the local film production climate.

Visit our website to see some of the numbers for yourself.  FilmL.A.’s next quarterly production summary will be released on April 5. District-specific breakdowns for the City and County of Los Angeles, and an update of our ongoing television pilot production report, will follow in the coming weeks.

Download FilmL.A.’s March 18 presentation:

On-Location Film Production in Los Angeles: 2010 Year-in-Review

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