LA-based filming up 16 pct. in 2nd quarter

Filming in Los Angeles rose 16 percent in the second quarter of the year, compared to the same period in 2009, thanks primarily to a new state tax-incentive program for production companies, film industry officials announced today.

According to FilmL.A., a total of 11,134 permitted production days were tallied during the second quarter, compared to 9,597 in the same period last year. FilmL.A. is a private nonprofit agency that coordinates film permits in the city.

On-location feature production jumped by 11.5 percent from the same quarter last year, while television production showed a more modest 1.4 percent gain.

Helping to boost the numbers was a state tax-incentive program aimed at curbing runaway productions. According to FilmL.A., the agency coordinated permits for 16 feature-film projects between April and June, adding 423 production days in that category.

"The state incentive continues to bolster local film production and employment,'' said Paul Audley, president of FilmL.A. "Angelenos should find it reassuring to see production returning to Los Angeles, and with it, more work for their families, friends and neighbors.''

Commercial production jumped by 34.5 percent during the second quarter, compared to the same period in 2009. But FilmL.A. officials noted that commercial production still remains below levels seen prior to the economic downtown.

Production of television dramas dropped 38.2 percent, but reality-television production surged 47.6 percent during the second quarter, according ot FilmL.A.

"We've seen dozens of new reality shows begin filming in the area, but based upon our research, we expect a boost in local TV drama and sitcom work starting this month and continuing through the fall,'' Audley said.