New Website Helps Demystify Permitting Process

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FilmL.A. launched a new website September 29, and with it, we introduced a host of new information sections for our government, industry and community partners.   In addition to our new Online Permit System (OPS), an important new web feature is our Getting Started section for filmmakers.  This section houses easy-to-follow, step-by-step guides to the film permitting process, as streamlined and simplified by … Read More

Lyons Roars about Online Permit System

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David Lyons, Assistant Location Manager for the independent feature film Unthinkable, applied for the 100th permit submitted through FilmL.A.’s Online Permit System (OPS). OPS debuted on September 29 and allows users to apply for permits online, track the status of required agency and department approvals and take electronic delivery of permits once completed. “This was the first permit I had … Read More

Dog Days of Summer at FilmL.A.

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Rin Tin Tin, Lassie and Benji are household names. But around the FilmL.A. office, the real canine stars are Pepe, Pennywise, Mundo and Carlos the Jackal, to name just a few. In addition to other things that make FilmL.A. a great place to work, our pro-pooch policy allows employees to bring in their four-legged friends. Faced with coordinating upwards of … Read More

FilmL.A. Takes e-Commerce to New Heights with OPS

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On September 29, we will introduce to our customers our new state-of-the-art Online Permit System (OPS), which will revolutionize how permits to film on-location are applied for, coordinated and delivered.              The customer-focused component of OPS was designed with input from prospective film industry end-users in an effort to help make their jobs easier. As soon as the system goes … Read More

Second Quarter Gains from First Quarter Pains

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On-location filming reached record highs this past April through June, as a unique combination of seasonal and economic circumstances fueled a 26 percent year-over-year rise in production.   During the past three months, FilmL.A. coordinated a total of 17,375 permitted days of on-location production, making the second quarter of 2008 the busiest single quarter ever observed.  FilmL.A.’s recent announcement of … Read More

North County Partners Envision Filming Without Borders

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On July 16, 2008 the Palmdale City Council voted to approve a contract with FilmL.A. for on-location film permit coordination. FilmL.A. has already partnered with the City of Lancaster and Los Angeles County to coordinate location filming in Palmdale-adjacent areas. This new agreement means FilmL.A. can now coordinate film production within Palmdale city limits and can combine Palmdale locations with … Read More

FilmL.A. Staff Profile: Donna Washington

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In 1993, current FilmL.A. Vice President of Permit Operations Donna Washington left her job as a social worker for the County of Los Angeles to accept a position as a film and video permit coordinator for the City of Los Angeles’ Motion Picture and Television Division, under the Board of Public Works. When the City and County of Los Angeles … Read More

FilmL.A. Board Member Profile: Ed Duffy

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Ed Duffy is a FilmL.A. Board Member and Chair of our Operations Subcommittee. He has been a Location Manager for 28 years, working on such shows as Dynasty, Moonlighting, Melrose Place and The OC. Ed has been a Trustee with Teamsters Local 399 for the past seven years and for the past two years has served as the Business Agent … Read More

Traditional TV Hiatus on Hiatus

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Although you might have seen or heard occasional news to the contrary, on-location television production in Los Angeles has risen dramatically in the past five weeks compared to last year. Within this period, FilmL.A. has coordinated and released 222 percent more permits for television dramas than we did during the same period in ’07. Meanwhile, permits for TV pilots are … Read More