On-location TV production in LA continues to decline

A new report finds shoots for TV shows around Los Angeles dropped 15 percent compared to the same period last year.
A new report finds shoots for TV shows around Los Angeles dropped 15 percent compared to the same period last year. Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

The latest report from FilmLA, the organization that coordinates the permits for on-location shoots in Los Angeles, says shoots in the city fell slightly last quarter, with television taking the hardest hit.

The report says in April, May and June, shoots for TV shows dropped 15 percent compared to the same period last year. The biggest drop, at nearly 40 percent, was in TV dramas. Even reality shows fell off by about 17 percent.

FilmLA head Paul Audley said other states and countries are luring productions away with generous tax credits, and California lawmakers arenĀ¹t doing enough to stop it.

Sitcom shoots were up more than a third, as was production for TV pilots. Feature film and commercial production also increased.

But the continuing decline in TV drama shoots offset those gains and made for a flat quarter overall.

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