TV dramas and sitcoms are the bright spot in a mixed quarterly report from FilmL.A.
On-location film production in the greater Los Angeles area dropped by nearly 2 percent during the second quarter of 2015, but the results would have been worse if it were not for growth in scripted TV, particularly TV dramas.
According to the latest statistics released Tuesday by FilmL.A., the nonprofit that oversees filming in the city and county of Los Angeles as well as adjoining jurisdictions, overall production slipped by 1.9 percent in the second quarter of 2015, compared with the same period in 2014, to 9,396 shoot days.
While feature-film production increased by 0.4 percent (to 1,193 shooting days), commercial production slipped by 7.3 percent (to 1,246 shooting days). Both categories are tracking down year-over-year and against their respective five-year averages.
But those numbers were offset by a mini-boom in scripted TV shoots. TV drama production rose 12.3 percent (to 1,004 shooting days) in the second quarter of 2015. TV sitcom production, although it is a smaller category, was up a dramatic 94.2 percent to 505 shooting days, and web-based TV increased 34 percent to 437 shooting days. The only TV category that was down was TV reality production. ...
For live-action crews, the high end personnel have had to go out of town to Canada, Georgia, or overseas. With California Tax Incentives now kicking in, some of the higher end stuff -- one hour dramas, higher end features, are trickling back to the Golden State.
For animation, happily, the boom has continued for the last few years. At present the Animation Guild has 3,257 people working under contract at different studios. Not bad.