Filming on Location in Los Angeles Increases by 5.8 Percent

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During the second quarter, feature film production in the greater L.A. area grew by 9.7 percent thanks to movies like 'Battle of the Sexes' and 'Why Him?,' which benefited from California tax incentives.

On-location filming in the greater Los Angeles area increased 5.8 percent between April and June, buoyed by a 9.7 percent increase in feature film production.

FilmL.A., the not-for-profit organizer that serves as the film office for the city and county of L.A. as well as 20 area jurisdictions, reported Tuesday that it issued permits for 9,937 shooting days during the second quarter of the year. While TV production accounted for the most activity, 4,091 shooting days, feature film production, which racked up 1,309 shooting days, posted a larger percentage increase over the second quarter of 2015.

Film production was boosted by four projects, generating 108 shooting days, that have received tax incentives from the California Film & Television Tax Credit Program. They were Battle of the Sexes, in which Emma Stone plays Billie Jean King; How to Be a Latin Lover, starring Rob Lowe and Kristen Bell; Please Stand By, starring Dakota Fanning; and Why Him?, starring James Franco and Bryan Cranston.

“We’re delighted to report a second straight quarter of feature growth for Los Angeles, as we’d hoped for and predicted,” said FilmL.A. president Paul Audley. “We expect these production increases to continue until the state’s incentive reaches full utilization.”

Overall television production posted a 1.4 percent increase during the second quarter. Among the three big TV subcategories, TV reality production slipped 8.6 percent (to 1,298 shooting days), TV comedy production slipped 16.8 percent (to 420 shooting days), and TV drama production increased 3.8 percent (to 1,042 shooting days). The biggest growth for television came from TV pilots, which increased 89.1 percent (to 278 shooting days), and web-based TV, which increased 20.6 percent (to 527 shooting days).

Among all of the production categories tracked by FilmL.A, television is most crucially linked to the availability of state incentives, the report said. Approximately 38 percent (or 395 shooting days) of L.A.’s second-quarter TV drama production was incentive-driven, in addition to 15 percent (or 42 shooting days) for TV pilots.

Commercial production levels held steady with just a 0.4 percent slip in the second quarter (to 1,243 shooting days). Local Commercial production levels have been holding steady since 2014.