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L.A. Television Production Numbers Surge in Q3

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FilmL.A. updated its regional on-location filming report yesterday, revealing strong growth in the television production category in Q3. Regional on-location television production increased 31.1% in the quarter over the prior year, totaling 5,363 PPD (Permitted Production Days) for 2014.

Nearly all TV subcategories posted increases in the quarter. TV dramas saw an increase of 43.2% with 1,408 PPD, TV reality rose 49.2% to 2,019 PPD, Web-based TV went up 12.3% to 401 PPD, and TV Pilot production rose 40.8% to 138 PPD. TV Sitcoms, which make up a small portion of television filming days, declined 29.0% for the quarter to 367 PPD.

California’s current film incentive contributed to the local TV drama numbers. Last quarter, state-qualified television projects in L.A. included Rizzoli & Isles, Pretty Little Liars, Major Crimes, Perception and Legends.

Regional on-location feature production dropped 4.0% in 2014 compared to the same quarter last year with 1,881 PPD. In the third quarter, incentivized projects contributed 157 PPD and accounted for 8.3% of feature activity. State-qualified feature projects included Straight Outta Compton, Never Leave, Scouts vs Zombies, Into The Further and The Perfect Guy.

“While we are still trying to reclaim our share of television production, we’re encouraged by dramatic television producers’ interest in filming in Los Angeles,” said FilmL.A. president Paul Audley. “With the new tax credit taking effect next July, we see strong potential for growth in local TV work ahead.”

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