Los Angeles Film, TV Shoots Drop in Second Quarter of 2017

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There's also been a decrease in TV drama production as series cancellations impacted the overall numbers, compared to the second quarter of 2016.

On-location film and TV production in the greater Los Angeles area dropped by 4.7 percent in the second quarter of 2017 compared to the second quarter of 2016, FilmL.A., the film office for the City and County of Los Angeles and surrounding municipalities, stated Wednesday.

Between April and June, FilmL.A. logged 9,466 shoot days, although FilmL.A. president Paul Audley noted that 2017 still stands second only to 2016, which was the best year on record for on-location production in Los Angeles.

TV pilots registered the steepest percentage drop, falling 60.4 percent (to 110 shooting days) in second-quarter 2017 when compared to second-quarter 2016. The decline in TV pilot production mirrors the results of FilmL.A.’s forthcoming 2017 pilot study, which shows fewer pilots were ordered by networks over the last year, FilmL.A. said. As a result, production centers from Los Angeles to New York saw declines in the category.

But the category that had the biggest impact on the overall numbers was TV drama, which fell by 24 percent to 789 shooting days because of the cancellations of such shows as Good Girls Revolt, Hand of God, Mistresses, Roadies, Sweet/Vicious and The Catch. Also, the Netflix limited series Gilmore Girls was no longer in production. Nevertheless, the report said TV drama was having its third-best year of the last seven, trailing only 2016 and 2015 in the year-to-date numbers.

Commercials shoots saw the biggest jump, rising 12.5 percent to 1,398 shooting days.

On the film front, feature production fell 18.5 percent to 1,067 shooting days in the second quarter of this year when measured against the second quarter of last year.

TV comedy slipped nine percent (to 382 shooting days), and digital web-based TV also fell 21.8 percent (to 412 shooting days). Despite the declines in comedy and TV web, a comparison of the year-to-date data for the first two quarters over the last seven years shows both categories are at record highs thus far in 2017.

TV reality production saw a slight drop of one percent for the quarter (to 1,285 shooting days).

Projects benefiting from tax incentives continued to add to quarterly counts. Incentivized features produced 232 shooting days, or 22 percent of the category; TV dramas saw 291 incentivized days, or 37 percent of the category; and TV pilots yielded 57 shooting days, or 52 percent of the category. 

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