L.A. film, TV production up 16% in Q2

On-location production rises for second consecutive quarter

Film and TV production in the Los Angeles area appears to be on the rebound.

FilmLA said Tuesday that on-location production climbed 16% during the second quarter, compared with a year ago, to 11,134 production days. That's the second consecutive quarterly uptick the nonprofit permitting organization has marked for on-location entertainment shoots in the region.

From Jan. 1-June 30, regional production was up 17%, compared with the first half of last year. Officials credited the rosier stats to the salutary effect of a fledgling state tax-credits program in helping to stem the flight of Hollywood production to other states and abroad.

"The incentive program is performing exactly as it was designed to, leveling the playing field and keeping us competitive," California Film Commission executive director Amy Lemisch said. "This is great news for industry workers and the thousands of small businesses that support film and television production in California."

About 423 film projects tapped the state production incentives in the quarter, representing 27% of all film shoots in the April-June span. Overall, on-location feature production rose 12% in the period.

"The state incentive continues to bolster local film production and employment," FilmLA president Paul Audley said. "Angelenos should find it reassuring to see production returning to Los Angeles, and with it, more work for their families, friends and neighbors."

TV production rose 1% in the second quarter, compared with a year ago, but commercial shoots jumped 35%.

Production of TV dramas dropped "precipitously" (38%), and TV pilots were off 43%, FilmLA said. But TV reality and sitcom shoots each rose 48%.

"We've seen dozens of new reality shows begin filming in the area," Audley said. "Based upon our research, we expect a boost in local TV drama and sitcom work starting this month and continuing through the fall."