On-location television production dropped for a second quarter in a row, the continuation of a pattern of television shows moving out of the state.
Permitted production days for television filming in the second quarter fell to 3,405 days from 4,024 days in the same period in the prior, a drop of 15.4 percent, according to figures from FilmL.A., the non-profit agency that coordinates on-location filming in the city and county of Los Angeles and other jurisdictions.
For the first six months of the year, on-location television production dropped by 12 percent to 7,682 permitted production days from 8,725 permitted production days in the first half of 2011.
“For many years, we’ve relied on television to backfill the hole left by the flight of feature film production from the L.A. region,” said FilmL.A. President Paul Audley in a prepared statement. “Television has been our bread and butter, but with Sacramento’s inaction (on a tax incentive program) to stem our losses, other states and countries are eating off our plate.”
FilmL.A.’s numbers do not include filming on studio lots or certified soundstages. A permitted production day is a single crew’s permission to film a single project at a single defined location during any given 24-hour period.
On-location feature film production in the second quarter increased by 9.1 percent to 1,705 permitted production days from the 1,604 permitted production days in the same period the prior year.
Commercial filming in the second quarter went up to 1,901 permitted production days from the 1,484 days in the prior year.
The increase was attributed to more commercials needs for the upcoming broadcast of the summer Olympic Games.
Mark R. Madler