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

Lawndale Schools Secure New Representation

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Nine new filming locations just became more available to filmmakers thanks to a new agreement between FilmL.A. and the Lawndale Elementary School District (LESD).  As the fifth school district to partner with FilmL.A., LESD now benefits from a streamlined film license coordination and referral service that incentivizes filming and generates critical revenues for education.   Located in the heart of … 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

The Focus is on Metro

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Remember that great scene in Speed where the hero and heroine ride the subway car as it launches up out of the tunnel onto Hollywood Blvd?  How about The Italian Job, where Mini Coopers drive down the stairs into a subway station and onto the tracks?  Still yet, did you like that intense scene in Volcano where the lava flows … Read More

FilmL.A. Board Member Profile: Dan Swartz

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Dan Swartz is the newest member of the FilmL.A. Board of Directors, having been appointed in May 2009 as a community representative.  An architect and real estate developer, Dan is a Midwest transplant (1979) who has loved being a resident of downtown Los Angeles since 2005. To learn his perspectives on FilmL.A. and the Los Angeles film production environment, our … Read More

Staffers Complete Marathon Tour of City

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FilmL.A. staff members can frequently be found walking neighborhoods throughout the region. However, four of our employees recently completed a 26.2-mile trek through Los Angeles’ neighborhoods as part of the L.A. Marathon, held May 25, 2009. We congratulate Donita Booker, notification coordinator; Rory Burton, field service representative; Hans Groszkruger, production coordinator; and Todd Lindgren, vice president of communications for crossing … Read More

FilmL.A. Helps L.A. “Get Noticed”

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Some days, it seems like everyone in L.A. is hoping to get noticed by someone in the film industry.  At FilmL.A., we’re not in the business of helping you to sell a screenplay, find an agent or land an audition, but every day, we still help thousands of locals “get noticed” by film professionals. One of the many services FilmL.A. … 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

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