FilmLAThe non-profit permitting group said today that overall on-location production in LA County slipped 3.9% from the same quarter last year. A big part of that fall is from on-location feature film production dipping 21.1% for the quarter. That’s in stark contrast to the rise film production had during 2012’s first and second quarters. Those periods saw features up 16% and 9%, respectively. While features fell, two categories jumped up significantly: The relatively new category of webisodes was up 148% over the same period last year. Now making up 9% of annual TV production in LA, webisodes saw 423 permitted production days for the quarter. TV sitcoms, which make up around 11% of TV production, were also up, rising 47.6% from the same quarter last year to 608 permitted days.

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With total days for the quarter down to 10,773 compared with last year’s 11,210, news was not so good in the other TV categories. Overall TV production was down 1.4%, with the harshest drop coming in reality TV, which fell 20.5% from the third quarter last year. TV drama also took a tumble, down 18.5% from the same time last year. Pilots were also down 45%, but as FilmLA noted, “the quarter is not usually a strong one for the category.” The period runs from the end of June to the end of September. FilmLA’s data comes from filming permits for shooting on streets, non-certified sound stages and in unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County.

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