TV Production in Los Angeles Posts Third-Quarter Increase

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'Rizzoli and Isles'

But film production shows a slight decline

Regional TV production around Los Angeles continued on the upswing in the third quarter of 2014, FilmL.A. reported Tuesday. But film production dropped slightly, by 4 percent, from the same period in 2013.

Film L.A., which oversees permitting for on-location filming in the Greater Los Angeles area, said that TV production, amounting to 5,363 production days, increased 31.1 percent in the third quarter over the same period in 2013. Nearly all TV subcategories posted increases over 2013's third quarter: TV dramas were up 43.2 percent, reality TV shoots rose 49.2 percent, web-based TV was up 12.3 percent;and TV pilot production rose 40.8 percent. The TV sitcom category was the exception: Making up a small portion of TV filming days, just 367 days, it declined 29 percent.

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

"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 in a statement. "With the new tax credit taking effect next July, we see strong potential for growth in local TV work ahead."

During the third quarter, film production amounted to 1,881 days, compared to 1,959 in the same quarter last year. Incentivized projects contributed 157 of those days, accounting for 8.3 percent of feature activity. State-qualified feature projects included Straight Outta Compton, Never Leave, Scouts vs. Zombies, Into The Further and The Perfect Guy. 

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