Los Angeles Location Film and TV Shoots Jump 6.2 Percent in 2016

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Film shoots rose by 12 percent last year, while TV shoots were up 4.6 percent over 2015.

On-location filming in the greater Los Angeles area hit 39,605 shooting days in 2016, a 6.2 percent increase over 2015, according to FilmL.A., the not-for-profit organization that serves as the film office for the city and county of Los Angeles as well as 20 other jurisdictions.

The year’s total was buoyed by a fourth-quarter increase between October and December that was up 5.1 percent over the same period in 2015, and those numbers were in turn boosted by a late-year surge in feature film production, which increased 22.5 percent to 1,322 shooting days in the fourth quarter over the same period in 2015. For the year as a whole, the feature category grew by 12 percent (to 4,865 shooting days), making 2016 the strongest year for film production in Los Angeles since California introduced its first film incentive program in 2009.

Feature film projects that qualified for California’s Film & Television Tax Credit Program generated 15 percent of recent production in the category. Some of the projects filming recently on-location include A Wrinkle in Time, Bright, Magic Camp, Miles and Suburbicon.

“It is gratifying to see feature film work and related jobs returning to Los Angeles,” FilmL.A. president Paul Audley said Tuesday in a statement. “Although L.A. now has permanent competitors in this space, the incentive is working as intended in bringing exciting new projects to the area.”

On-location television production also set records in 2016, despite a weak fourth quarter. Overall TV production slipped 1.3 percent (to 4,005 shooting days) in the fourth quarter, but the category still finished the year 4.8 percent ahead of 2015 (with 14,463 shooting days). That was enough to set annual records in the TV drama, TV comedy and web-based TV subcategories.

According to the report, 11 percent of shooting days for TV comedy and 39 percent of shooting days for TV drama were generated by projects enrolled in the state incentive program. Shows taking advantage of the incentive program included Veep, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, American Crime, American Horror Story, Teen Wolf and This Is Us.

Among television subcategories, TV reality production dropped 15.1 percent (to 988 shooting days) and TV pilots dropped 58.7 percent (to 45 shooting days) in the fourth quarter. TV dramas held steady (up 0.1 percent to 1,126 shooting days), TV comedy jumped (up 18.9 percent to 849 shooting days) and web-based TV surged (up 28.5 percent to 555 shooting days) over the same period.

Local commercial production slipped during the fourth quarter. Commercial production dropped 13.0 percent (to 1,079 shooting days) in the fourth quarter. Year-over-year activity in the category was down 2.1 percent (to 5,090 shooting days) compared to 2015.