Second Annual Location Managers Reception a Success

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In April, FilmL.A. opened its doors for our annual Location Managers Reception, welcoming over one hundred of the men and women working hard behind the scenes to facilitate on-location production. With the lights of Downtown Los Angeles as the backdrop, FilmL.A. customers, including location managers and permit service representatives, gathered at our office to unwind, get acquainted face-to-face and talk shop. … Read More

Film Production Sedate So Far in ’08

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On-location production in Los Angeles slumped 23 percent in the first quarter, according to our latest year-to-year comparison. The recent strike by Hollywood writers — which lasted from last November through the middle of February — triggered an industry-wide shutdown in scripted television production that took hold at the beginning of the new year. In all, FilmL.A. coordinated 2,921 fewer … Read More

Keeping Filming in L.A.: Community Relations Sets the Scene

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Each year, thousands of visitors to Los Angeles take tours of studio back-lots to see where their favorite movies and TV shows are filmed. Many of those visitors, and possibly many local residents, may not realize that much of the region’s film production takes place not on a sound-stage, but rather in one of L.A.’s many diverse neighborhoods. FilmL.A. helps … Read More

FilmL.A. Monitors: At Your Service

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Have you seen a FilmL.A. Monitor in your neighborhood? FilmL.A. Monitors are assigned to on-location film productions to complement location managers by serving as “ambassadors” and a point of contact for residents and business owners who may have concerns or questions about the filming process. During a typical day a monitor will interact with the public and production company to … Read More

Pace of Production Still Slow for Scripted Television

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A month after the end of the 100-day strike by Hollywood writers, the television production industry continues to struggle to bring crews back to work. FilmL.A. has compiled data showing post-strike permitted production tracking well below 2007 levels for the same period. In the last month, sitcom producers filmed 97 percent fewer days on-location than they did the previous year, … Read More

FilmL.A. Celebrates the Bridges of the Los Angeles River

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FilmL.A. has joined the Los Angeles Conservancy, Friends of the Los Angeles River and the Getty Conservation Institute to celebrate a unique collection of historic structures and a hot topic of study and debate. FilmL.A. is a co-sponsor of “Spanning History: The Bridges of the Los Angeles River”, which will include an April 10 panel discussion regarding the status of, … Read More

Avoid the Freeway, Claim Permits the Free Way

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Are film permit pick-ups draining your tank or wallet? FilmL.A. has a way to top off your day. Email delivery of finalized film permits is now available for “Permits on Account” (POA) credit customers. In addition to enjoying convenient, deferred payment terms, POA members will no longer have to drive to FilmL.A. to pick up permits or pay to have … Read More

New Film Permitting System Launched

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On March 1, FilmL.A. proceeded with the internal launch of OPS, a custom-built film permitting system. More than two years in development, OPS was engineered to replace an aging, no-longer-supported database inherited in 1995 from the City of Los Angeles. FilmL.A.’s considerable investment in OPS reflects our commitment to streamlining the film permitting process for the jurisdictions and production-industry customers … Read More

City of Lancaster Partners with FilmL.A.

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On January 22, 2008, the City of Lancaster became the latest jurisdiction to contract with FilmL.A. for expedited film permitting and industry/community relations. Located in north Los Angeles County, Lancaster is home to many attractive filming locations including a City-owned baseball stadium, national soccer center and performing arts center. Lancaster was named the region’s “Most Business-Friendly City” by the Los … Read More

FilmL.A. Helps Local Community Organizations

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At the end of 2007, FilmL.A. saw an opportunity to support fellow community nonprofits by donating office furniture and equipment we could no longer use. We teamed up with iReuse to provide local organizations the means to continue offering free or low-cost resources to under-served communities. The Braswell Rehabilitation Institute for Development of Growth and Educational Services, Inc. (B.R.I.D.G.E.S.), which … Read More