2012 was a rollercoaster of a year for production in Los Angeles County, said FilmLA today. In its end of year report, the non-profit permitting group noted that while overall on-location production in LA County rose a meager 1.7% from 2011, TV Drama fell a harsh 20% from the year before. FilmLA’s data comes from filming permits for shooting on streets, non-certified sound stages and in unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County. With the likes of the upcoming LA-set Gangster Squad actually filming in LA, 2012 Feature production saw a slight 3.7% rise over 2011 with 5,892 PPD as compared to the 5,682 of the year before. That is actually the best year since 2008 before the state passed the California Film & TV Tax Credit Program, which now hands out up to $100 million a year in a lottery system. On the flipside, the drop in Drama-permitted days and the 11.8% slide in the TV Reality category pulled overall TV production in the region down 3.4% with 16,762 permitted days in 2012 compared to the 17,349 PPD in 2011. However, TV Sitcom filming was up 52.9% with 2,048 PPD compared to 2011’s 1,339 PPD. TV Pilots were up 2.2% from 2011. Commercials rose 14.1% in 2012 over the year before.
Also today the California Film Commission reported that statewide permitted filming was down 5% in 2012 from 2011. The agency issued permits for filming on state property that totaled 2,987 filming days in 2012, compared to 3,134 days the year before. The biggest drop was TV, which fell 54% in 2012 with 153 days compared to the 331 days permitted in 2011. The Film Commission noted Tuesday that the sub-category of Reality TV actually rose 13% in 2012. Reality TV had 160 days permitted days on state property, compared to 141 days permitted in 2011. Statewide, feature films fell to 180 days, a drop of 39% from the 294 days permitted in 2011. Commercials fell to 467 days, down 2% from the 477 days permitted in 2011. In terms of locations, state parks and beaches made up 71% of all permitted filming days, followed by freeways and highways at 24% and state buildings at 5% of permitted filming days in 2012.