Things are looking up a bit production-wise in LA County says FilmLA. On-location production rose 8.6% over the same period last year said the non-profit permitting group in a second quarter report released Tuesday. While features production inched up just half of a percentage from last year, the biggest bump was in the TV category which rose 26.6% from 2Q 2012 to 4,310 PPD. “Television is the really the growth area this quarter. In the case of TV Dramas, it’s just getting us back to where we were before the disaster that was 2012. We’re also seeing growth in new areas, like Web TV. We’re happy to have these new projects here, but we recognize that the job and spending impacts aren’t the same,” FilmLA President Paul Audley told me today. On his inaugural address upon being sworn into office on June 30, new LA Mayor Eric Garcetti pledged to curb runaway productions taking work out of LA and appoint a Film Czar to coordinate the film industry’s relationship with the city. Back in February, LA CIty Council unanimously passed a measures to eliminating fees that TV pilots pay to film in the city and waive similar fees for the first year for any LA-filmed pilot that is picked up to series. Garcetti first introduced the measures back in 2012.
Overall, FilmLA’s report estimates that there were 12,173 PPD in the second quarter of 2013 as compared to 11,209 PPD during the same period a year ago. While TV Drama was down by 12% this quarter from its five-year average, the general TV Category outperformed its five-year average by 8.9% according to today’s report in part assisted by benefits that series such as Franklin & Bash, Teen Wolf and Pretty Little Liars received from the $100 million annual California Film & TV Tax Credit program.