L.A. Television Production Increases In Third Quarter

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Late last month, FilmL.A. released new on-location film production statistics for the third quarter of 2014.  FilmL.A.’s latest report revealed a repeat of the growth trend identified a quarter earlier in the Television production category. Regional on-location Television production increased 31.1 percent in the third quarter as compared to the same period the prior year, totaling 5,363 permitted production days (PPD).

Nearly all TV subcategories posted increases in the third quarter. TV Dramas saw an increase of 43.2 percent with 1,408 PPD, TV Reality rose 49.2 percent to 2,019 PPD, Web-Based TV went up 12.3 percent to 401 PPD, and TV Pilot production rose 40.8 percent to 138 PPD. TV Sitcoms, which make up a small portion of Television filming days, declined 29.0 percent for the quarter to 367 PPD.

California’s current film incentive contributed to the local TV Drama numbers. Last quarter, state-qualified Television projects in L.A. included Rizzoli & Isles, Pretty Little Liars, Major Crimes, Perception and Legends.

Regional on-location Feature production dropped 4.0 percent in 2014 compared to the same quarter last year with 1,881 PPD.  In the third quarter, state incentivized projects contributed 157 PPD and accounted for 8.3 percent of Feature activity. Reccent state-qualified Feature projects in L.A. include Straight Outta Compton, Never Leave, Scouts vs Zombies, Into The Further and The Perfect Guy.

“While we are still trying to reclaim our share of television production, we’re encouraged by dramatic television producers’ interest in filming in Los Angeles,” said FilmL.A. President Paul Audley of the report. “With the new tax credit taking effect next July, we see strong potential for growth in local TV work ahead.”

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