Los Angeles Business Journal

Most Filming Activity in L.A. Continues Decline

By Jonathan Polakoff Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Fewer days were spent filming movies and TV projects on the streets of Los Angeles during the third quarter, compared with the same period a year ago.

Permitted production days for feature films fell 21 percent in the quarter and television production days fell 1.4 percent. Production days for commercials fell 5.3 percent, while other shoots such as music videos were up 4.9 percent, according to FilmL.A., which tracks local film shoots.

The data reflects on-location film permitting in the city of Los Angeles and parts of Los Angeles County, but does not include work at studio sound stages.

Television production dropped all three quarters of this year. Projects that qualified for the $100 million California Film & Television Tax Credit Program accounted for 1.1 percent of permitted TV production days during the quarter.

FilmL.A. noted that fewer feature film projects qualified for this year’s state tax credit program and that may have had an impact on local movie production.

FilmL.A. President Paul Audey said lawmakers should expand subsidies.

“We expect to see more state-qualified projects pull permits to film in L.A.,” Audley said in a statement. “We applaud the recent two-year extension of California’s film incentive program, and support expanding the program to stop the production outflow and attract a more diverse slate of high-value productions.”