Photo by John Schreiber.
Photo by John Schreiber.

A surge in the last quarter of the year made 2016 one of the busiest in recent memory for on-location filming in greater Los Angeles, FilmL.A announced Tuesday.

On-location filming increased 5.1 percent between October and December compared to the same time period in 2015, and overall filming increased 6.2 percent over 2015, according to statistics released by the nonprofit organization, which serves as the official film office of the city and county of Los Angeles and 20 other local jurisdictions.

Feature filming grew a total of 12 percent in 2016, making it the biggest year for feature production in L.A. since the state introduced a film incentive program in 2009, according to FilmL.A.

“It is gratifying to see feature film work and related jobs returning to Los Angeles,” FilmL.A. President Paul Audley said. “Although L.A. now has permanent competitors in this space, the incentive is working as intended in bringing exciting new projects to the area.”

According to FilmL.A. statistics, feature film production grew 22.5 percent in the fourth

quarter compared to the same time period in 2015, with upticks also recorded in TV dramas (.1 percent), TV comedies (18.9 percent) and web-based TV (28.5 percent).

Those gains countered drops in TV reality production (15.1 percent), TV pilot filming (58.7 percent) and commercials (13 percent).

—City News Service

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