FilmL.A. Research Division Keeping Tabs on Industry Trends

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Integral to FilmL.A.’s work is ongoing research into the benefits that local filming brings to the Los Angeles region.  In addition to keeping track of on-location film production in Greater Los Angeles, and embarking on a new project to track local studio and soundstage-based production, FilmL.A. Research is devoted to the production, collection and dissemination of information regarding the U.S. … Read More

FilmL.A. Celebrates Expansion of CA Film & Television Tax Credit

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On September 18, 2014, California Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 1839 (Gatto/Bocanegra) — the California Film and Television Job Retention and Promotion Act — into law.  The bill signing took place before a crowd of elected officials and film industry professionals at the TCL Chinese Theater in Hollywood, CA.  The event was monumental for California film and television workers, … Read More

FilmL.A. Releases Follow-Up Television Drama Study

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In early August, and in conjunction with Tune In: the Variety TV Summit 2014, FilmL.A. Research released a mini-study about television drama production in California.  The report set out to answer key questions prompted by FilmL.A.’s release of its second quarter On-Location Film Production Report, which revealed unexpectedly strong quarterly gains in local television drama production.  In July, FilmL.A. categorized the … Read More

FilmL.A. Research Releases 2014 Television Pilot Production Report

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Earlier this summer, FilmL.A. Research released its annual television pilot study.  The 2014 Television Pilot Production Report provides updated insight into L.A.’s ongoing loss of new television pilot projects and promising series. Most notably, the 2013/2014 development cycle unfortunately saw New York (with 24 drama projects retained) dethrone Los Angeles (with 19 drama projects retained) to become North America’s most … Read More

FilmL.A. Markets L.A. Region at AFCI Locations Show

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Late last month, the Association of Film Commissioners International (AFCI) brought its annual Locations Show back to Los Angeles. As in years past, the Show featured dozens of states and countries as exhibitors, each touting film incentives and locations and trying to draw film production away from Los Angeles. Against this sea of competitors, FilmL.A., the California Film Commission, and … Read More

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

California’s Runaway Production Crisis Draws National Attention

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California’s ongoing struggle with runaway production has been getting lots of attention in recent weeks. In fact, runaway production is now a topic of discussion in some of the nation’s most influential news sources. This week, the exodus of production from California and the jobs and spending that go with it was the subject of an in-depth article in The … Read More

State Film & Television Tax Credit Provides Base on Which CA Can Build

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Earlier this month, two committees of the California State Assembly held a joint meeting to discuss the state’s Film & Television Tax Credit Program. Amid widespread agreement that the program merits expansion in the new legislative session, the California Film Commission presented facts about how the program now in effect has benefited the state. Enacted in 2009, California’s film incentive … Read More

L.A. Keeping Pace with Trends in Film Office Function

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Last month, the Atlanta City Council approved the creation of a City Office of Entertainment, a move that local media said would help to “streamline the permit process” to shoot in the city and “mitigate neighborhood impacts” from filming. If these phrases sound familiar, then you probably know about FilmL.A. and the work we do here in Los Angeles.  Formed … Read More

Where Comics-Inspired Movies are Made

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Think about your favorite comic book characters and comic-inspired films.  Take a second and try to remember — where were those films made? If you took the all-too-easy path and guessed Hollywood, you’d only be half right.  The truth is that comic-inspired blockbusters are made all over the world, and since 2003, only a handful of these lucrative big-budget projects … Read More