Despite California’s expanded film incentives program, TV and digital pilots shot in Los Angeles actually declined 13% in the 2015-2016 development cycle compared to a year ago, according to a new report from FilmL.A., the city’s film office. The culprit: Comedy pilots, which declined from 70 shot in L.A. last year to 54 this year, a 23% decline.
In the most recent cycle, 79 pilots overall were filmed in the Los Angeles region, compared to 91 the year before. Drama pilots went up from 21 last year to 25 this year – a 19% increase. Altogether, FilmLA estimates that pilots generated $296 million in production spending for the region in the most recent cycle.
Despite the decline, LA is still by far the favorite locale for pilots. According to FilmLA, the next closest competitor is New York, whose 28 pilots this year are 51 less than LA’s. Vancouver had 25; Atlanta had 15, and Toronto had 12.
LA’s share of drama pilots has been on the up-tick since 2013, when it had 17% of all drama pilots produced. This year the city has 20% of the drama pilots — a far cry from the 38% the city hosted in 2011, and far below the 63% it had in 2006 (see the chart below, courtesy FilmL.A.).