FilmL.A. — the not-for-profit community benefit organization that coordinates permits for filmed entertainment shot on-location in the City of Los Angeles, unincorporated parts of Los Angeles County and other local jurisdictions — today announced that overall on-location production slipped slightly last quarter compared to the same period last year.
Continuing a months-long trend, the Television category suffered double-digit losses due to changes in the local production landscape. The Television category slipped 15.4 percent for the period, led by lackluster numbers in the subcategories of TV Drama (down 39.2 percent) and TV Reality (down 16.8 percent). The TV Sitcoms category was up considerably (up 35.6 percent), reflecting L.A.’s reaffirmed dominance in this production segment. Production for TV Pilots was also up in the second quarter (up 36.8 percent, thanks to pilot season’s slow start this year.
The latest production figures for Television are best understood in the context of industry changes. As indicated in FilmL.A.’s 2012 Television Pilot Production Report, the Los Angeles region continues to lose TV Drama production share to other North American jurisdictions. Additionally, although L.A. is home to almost all of television’s new and continuing comedy series, many of these shows are soundstage-bound, and therefore not counted in FilmL.A.’s quarterly surveys of local on-location production.
“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. Television has been our bread and butter, but with Sacramento’s inaction to stem our losses, other states and countries are eating off our plate,” said FilmL.A. President Paul Audley.