Still Photo Permits Drive Apparent Production Increase in Los Angeles

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FilmL.A.’s first quarter production report for 2013 contained an encouraging surprise — a 17.6 percent increase in overall production compared to the same period the previous year. But, as they often can, short-term increases in overall production mask important truths.  Year-over-year analyses, while informative, can also diminish awareness of long-term trends. Feature production levels, for example, were up almost 26 … 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

California State Film Incentive Funnels Income to Local Schools

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Those familiar with FilmL.A. and our services know that we regularly publish original research on filming issues in Los Angeles.  From our quarterly On-Location Production Reports to our ongoing annual Television Pilot Production Report, FilmL.A. has developed a reputation as a leading source of information and a resource for journalists, academics and businesspeople.  We run our fair share of ad … Read More

Dearth of Local TV Production Delivers Double-Digit Letdowns for L.A.

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Last week, FilmL.A. released its first quarter film production report for 2012. Unfortunately, the news was anything but rosy for those who work in on-location television production in Los Angeles. Overall filming across all categories slipped 2.1 percent last quarter compared to the same period last year, as measured in permitted production days (PPD). FilmL.A. recorded 11,360 PPD for Q1 … Read More

Local On-Location Filming Activity Sees Slight Rise in 2011

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Last year brought both good news and a disconcerting surprise for those who work in Los Angeles’ film and television industry.  Overall, on-location production increased 4.2 percent in 2011 compared to 2010 (45,484 PPD in 2011 vs. 43,646 PPD in 2010), but the gain conceals a troubling emerging trend in local TV production. A dismal fourth-quarter showing caused on-location television … Read More

Los Angeles Welcomes Rise in On-Location Feature Film Activity

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On-location filming across all categories increased 15.4 percent in the third quarter, according to a report FilmL.A. released earlier this month. Compared to the same period a year ago, last quarter saw a marked increase in on-location Feature film production and an anticipated decrease in TV Drama production. On-location Feature production increased 49.9 percent for the quarter (2,079 permitted production … Read More

FilmL.A. Staff Invited to Sacramento as Expert Witnesses in Legislative Process

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Public participation in government is essential for democracy. Yet, there is often a level of public detachment from the seemingly mundane workings of state government in Sacramento. But, every once in awhile, a bill comes along that promises a real impact on the day-to-day lives of Californians. One such bill – AB1069 – promises an economic return benefiting every citizen … Read More

On-Location Filming Levels Inched Upward in L.A. Last Quarter

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On-location filming across all inched up just over one percent last quarter, according to a report FilmL.A. released earlier this month. Compared to the same period a year ago, last quarter saw marked slowdowns in key film production categories and underwhelming numbers for Feature, Television and Commercial production. Production of Commercials fell sharply 7.5 percent in the second quarter of … Read More

FilmL.A. Releases 2011 Television Pilot Production Report

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Today FilmL.A. released the fourth installment of its Television Pilot Production Report.  The 2011 report caps six years of ongoing research into television pilot production and  provides the most encompassing available look at TV pilot production by location and pilot production’s impact on the Los Angeles region’s economy. Those with an interest in reading the full report can access it … 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