TV filming in LA sees an uptick
Michelle Clancy
| 23 October 2014
FilmL.A., the official film office of Los Angeles, says that regional on-location television production increased 31.1% in the third quarter, compared with the prior year.

Nearly all TV subcategories posted increases in the third quarter. TV dramas saw an increase of 43.2%, while the reality category rose 49.2%. Web-based TV went up 12.3%, and TV pilot production rose 40.8%.

TV sitcoms, which make up a small portion of television filming days, declined 29% for the quarter.

California's film incentives contributed to the local TV drama numbers, it said, just as they did in 2013. Last quarter, state-qualified television projects in L.A. included Rizzoli & Isles, Pretty Little Liars, Major Crimes, Perception and Legends.

Regional on-location feature production meanwhile dropped 4% in 2014 compared to the same quarter last year. Incentivised projects accounted for 8.3% of feature activity; these included Straight Outta Compton, Never Leave, Scouts vs Zombies, Into the Further and the Perfect Guy.

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