FilmL.A. Research Issues 20-Year Film Production Retrospective

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Earlier this month, FilmL.A. Research published one of its most comprehensive reports ever. The new report, entitled “Filming On-Location in Los Angeles: 1993-2013,” analyzes patterns of growth and decline in local filming brought about by developments in the U.S. domestic film, television and commercial production market. The report includes a detailed examination of filming trends across nine distinct project categories, … Read More

TV Drama Production Plummets While Commercials Climb in L.A.

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On-location filming across all categories increased 1.7 percent in 2012 (46,254 permitted production days [PPD] in 2012 vs. 45,484 PPD in 2011), according to a report FilmL.A. released earlier this month. Compared to the same period a year ago, the year saw an increase in on-location feature film production and a drastic decrease in the local production of television dramas. … Read More

Expansion Plans at Three Major Studios Promise Thousands of Jobs, Billions in New Economic Activity for L.A. Region

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There are some very exciting plans at three of the major studios (Disney, Paramount, & NBCUniversal) to expand their operations significantly in California. If approved, these plans should offer hope to the thousands of workers and small businesses in California struggling through one of the longest and most devastating periods of runaway production in Hollywood’s history. Film Works decided to provide a … Read More

“Drive” Helping Put Los Angeles Back On Screen, Local Economy Back on Feet

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Opening in theaters across the nation today is FilmDistrict’s Drive, which stars Ryan Gossling, Carey Mulligan and Albert Brooks.  The film is being widely praised by critics and has an impressive 94% rating at Rotton Tomatoes. The film was shot entirely on location in Los Angeles, which is a very rare event these days. Director Nicolas Winding Refn was committed … Read More

L.A. City Council Member Pens Letter to Governor in Support of Film Incentive…Did You?

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Today, Los Angeles City Councilmember Paul Krekorian sent a letter to Governor Jerry Brown, urging him sign the one-year extension of the California Film & Television Tax Credit into law.  As we have said many times, writing a letter personalizes your story and demonstrates to elected officials the impact of runaway production on real people. Councilmember Krekorian did today what … Read More

93 Days and $20.2 Million: The Economic Impact of One Film

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From September to November 2009, one major motion picture filmed in Los Angeles and spent $20,210,176.  For confidentiality reasons, the name of the film has been withheld.  The following is a detailed breakdown of how that money was spent: Hotel room days: 213 $66,061 Car rental days: 655 $45,070 Catering, bakery goods & other food items $751,790 Hardware & lumber … Read More

In Case You Missed It… FilmL.A. On-Location Production Reports

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Perhaps you’ve seen one of several recent news stories claiming filming or television pilot production is up or down in Los Angeles… Such headlines can be confusing without some history to give them context, so in case you missed our announcement last month, you might want to check out our recently published On-Location Production Report for 2011. The most recent … Read More

Local Location Filming Levels Recover 15 Percent in 2010

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As FilmL.A. announced earlier this month, on-location filming across all permit categories in Los Angeles increased nearly 15 percent last year, with 43,646 permitted production days (PPD) recorded by year’s-end in 2010 compared to just 37,979 PPD in 2009. One permitted production day (PPD) is defined as a single crew’s permission to film a single project at a single defined … Read More

Hollywood At Heart of LA, California & US Economic Backbone

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Without a doubt, the entertainment industry is a fundamental and indispensable pillar of the economy.  That’s true not only in greater Los Angeles, but also the State of California and the entire United States.  Whether measured in terms of employment, the number of business establishments,  positive balance of international trade or as a source of tax revenue, the importance and … Read More