TV rules Q3 production


On location feature film shoots as well as commercial production were down dramatically throughout Los Angeles in the three months from July-September.

However, overall locations shoots, as monitored by the nonprofit FilmL.A., were down only marginally thanks to an upswing in TV production, buoyed by increases in dramatic series and reality TV filming.

For third-quarter 2008, FilmL.A. recorded 12,948 days of on location production, down 1% year-over-year, in the city of Los Angeles, unincorporated parts of L.A. County and other local jurisdictions.

Film production, reflecting an ad hoc shut-down because of labor uncertainty, was down 38%, while commercial shoots, a victim of the deteriorating economy, were off 24%.

Offsetting that, the overall TV numbers were up 17%, with TV dramas posting the largest gain, 23%, followed by reality TV at 14%. By contrast, sitcoms dropped by 7% and pilots plunged by 45%. Reality TV, though, is king in L.A., accounting for about half of TV production days.

Year-to-date, total on location shooting in L.A. is flat, up 0.4% year-over-year.