On-location filming in greater Los Angeles increased 5.8% in the second quarter of 2016 compared to the same time period last year, according to FilmLA, the city’s film office. The group attributed much of the growth to California’s new $330 million film incentives program. Altogether, there were 9,937 on-location film and TV shoot days in the city between April and June.
Local on-location feature film production increased 9.7% to 1,309 shooting days. Four films that received tax incentives were in production last quarter, but generated only 108 days of filming – about 8.3% of the total on-location shooting days for feature films in LA last quarter. Those projects included Battle of the Sexes, Latin Lover, Please Stand By and Why Him.
“We’re delighted to report a second straight quarter of feature growth for Los Angeles, as we’d hoped for and predicted,” said FilmLA president Paul Audley. “We expect these production increases to continue until the state’s incentive reaches full utilization.”
TV production posted a tepid 1.4% increase to 4,091 shooting days in the second quarter. TV comedy slipped 16.8% to 420 shooting days, while TV drama increased 3.8% to 1,042 days.
FilmLA found that television production remains the sector most crucially linked to the availability of state incentives. Approximately 38% (395 shooting days) of the city’s second quarter TV drama production was incentive-driven, in addition to 15% (42 days) for TV pilots.
The biggest percentage increase was in TV pilots, which saw an 89.1% increase to 278 shooting days. Web-based TV, which had nearly twice as many shooting days as TV pilots (527), increased by 20.6%.
Reality TV production, which is not covered by the state’s film incentives, slipped 8.6% to 1,298 shooting days, while TV commercials, which are also not subject to the tax incentives, declined 0.4% to 1,243 days. Even without the incentives, local commercial production levels have been holding steady since 2014.