FilmL.A. Pilot Production Report Gives L.A. Good Marks for TV, 2017 Pilot Production Report

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FilmL.A., the not-for-profit film office serving the Greater Los Angeles region, today announced the release of a new report prepared by its research division. FilmL.A.’s 2017 Pilot Production Report provides updated insight from the organization’s long-running study of new television projects and promising series.

FilmL.A.’s official count shows that 173 broadcast, cable and digital pilots (109 Dramas, 64 Comedies) were produced during the 2016-17 development cycle, more than two dozen fewer than the previous year.

Out of those 173 pilots, a total of 68 projects (22 Dramas, 46 Comedies) were filmed in the Los Angeles region, yielding an estimated $303 million in production spending.  Despite a slight drop in overall pilots produced since last year, Greater L.A.’s share of overall pilot production by project count remains unchanged at 39 percent.

“Despite this year’s smaller crop of pilots, Los Angeles’ television industry is robust,” noted FilmL.A. President Paul Audley. “With so many projects under way, California is home to more scripted series than its top five competitors combined.”

After L.A., top competitors for pilot production in 2015-16 included New York (with 24 projects), Vancouver/British Columbia (21 projects), Atlanta/Georgia (12 projects) and Toronto/Ontario (9 projects).

FilmL.A.’s report also examines straight-to-series show orders and digital pilot projects in production. A total of 65 network, cable and digital shows were ordered straight-to-series in the 2016-17 cycle. Cable networks put 29 shows into production, while digital networks launched 27 shows and broadcast networks launched 9 shows straight-to-series.

“When it comes to television, L.A. production has never been stronger,” said Los Angeles County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl. “This report demonstrates that L.A. is still the place to shoot, whether you’re producing pilots or series. And as a former actress, I am well aware of how many jobs each and every one of those episodes generates.”

FilmL.A.’s report closes with a discussion of live action scripted series production in California and beyond.

By FilmL.A.’s count, there are 173 series currently in production in California, out of 426 sampled series currently in production across network, cable and digital distribution channels.  That includes 62 Los Angeles-based drama series, 30 of which receive the California Film & Television Tax Credit.  Taken together, California-based incentivized series will spend an estimated $1.72 billion during the present season.

“If you grew up in Detroit, someone on your block worked for a car manufacturer or owned a business where autoworkers spent their paychecks. Here in L.A., the same goes for our entertainment industry — it’s the bedrock of our middle class,” noted Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. “Today’s report further demonstrates the importance of our California Film and Television Tax Credit, which is keeping production where it belongs — in Los Angeles — and making our city home to more scripted television than its top competitors combined. We’re hearing a lot of good news from the entertainment industry, but we have to keep investing in our middle class — and that means restoring our market share of pilot production.”

The 2017 Pilot Production Report, along with other reports from FilmL.A. Research, is available for download here (registration required): https://www.filmla.com/our-services/research/

 

Incentivized California Dramas, Spending and Hires

Project Title Total CA Spend Cast Crew Extras Project Type
TOTAL $1,728,609,000 5,430 6,096 133,691
13 Reasons Why 2 $80,966,000 80 175 7,150 Digital
American Crime Story: Katrina $69,542,000 247 250 5,055 Cable
American Crime Story: Versace $56,903,000 258 250 5,040 Cable
American Horror Story 7 $72,375,000 336 125 3,328 Cable
Animal Kingdom 2 $46,000,000 152 170 2,796 Cable
Ballers – S3 $56,330,000 135 209 5,790 Premium Cable
Code Black 3 $52,777,000 249 197 10,439 Network
Crazy Ex Girlfriend – Season 3 $41,745,000 8 260 25 Network
Famous in Love 1 $24,468,000 90 150 2,718 Basic Cable
Heathers 1 $23,122,000 10 120 75 Cable
Here, Now 1 $52,973,000 142 205 4,878 Premium Cable
Hit The Floor 4 $36,249,000 28 115 6,100 Cable
I’m Dying Up Here 1 $47,368,000 172 120 3,582 Premium Cable
Law & Order: True Crime – Menendez $24,605,000 19 250 3,500 Network
Legion 2 $60,904,000 35 125 2,408 Cable
Lucifer 3 $92,094,000 156 120 7,216 Network
Major Crimes 6 $76,187,000 349 107 6,622 Cable
Messiah $58,658,000 162 224 3,580 Digital
Rebel 1 $5,429,000 35 150 1,500 Cable
Rebel Pilot $4,371,000 27 100 500 Cable
S.W.A.T. 1 $60,290,000 297 220 4,992 Network
S.W.A.T. Pilot $11,702,000 33 212 825 Network
Sharp Objects $48,787,000 120 159 2,985 Premium Cable
Shooter 2 $45,265,000 62 175 4,927 Cable
Snowfall 1 $38,139,000 263 122 2,290 Cable
Stitchers 3 $45,926,000 160 171 5,880 Cable
The Affair 4 $50,181,000 124 130 3,190 Premium Cable
The OA 2 $45,163,000 77 350 2,664 Digital
The Orville $56,186,000 236 270 4,512 Network
This is Us 2 $73,012,000 377 125 4,176 Network
Timeless 2 $56,676,000 247 220 3,000 Network
Twin Peaks $41,162,000 153 140 1,122 Premium Cable
Veep 7 $65,963,000 462 195 3,960 Premium Cable
Westworld 2 $107,091,000 80 185 6,866 Premium Cable

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