The 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.
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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