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Despite ambitious incentive program, film and TV production in LA falls




Crew members set up a camera for the shooting of an auto insurance commercial on-location downtown on November 18, 2006 in Los Angeles, California.
Crew members set up a camera for the shooting of an auto insurance commercial on-location downtown on November 18, 2006 in Los Angeles, California.
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Film production in LA dropped more than one-third in the first quarter of 2017 compared to last year - the lowest level since 2012.

Production of TV pilots also dropped -- down 15.5 percent from the first quarter of 2016.

TV production has also slipped, though at under 1 percent.

California expanded its film and TV production tax credit program from $100 million to $330 million in 2014. AirTalk looks at what is behind the drop in production this year -- and whether the generous tax incentive program is accomplishing what it wants to do.

Guests:

Dominic Patten,  senior editor and Chief TV Critic at the news and entertainment site, Deadline; he authored the article, “On-Location Film Production In L.A. Falls To 5-Year Low & TV Dramas Dip In Q1”; he tweets @DeadlineDominic

Kevin Klowden, managing economist at the Milken Institute, where he also directs the California Center

Joseph Henchman, vice president, Legal & State Projects, The Tax Foundation