A television show films in the Arts District near Downtown Los Angeles. Photo by John Schreiber.
A television show films in the Arts District near Downtown Los Angeles. Photo by John Schreiber.

On-location filming activity in Los Angeles rose 9.6 percent in 2014 compared to the previous year, thanks in part to strong growth in the television drama production category, the region’s film-permitting agency announced Tuesday.

Television production overall was up 12.2 percent, from 12,787 “shoot days,” or SDs, to 14,349 SDs, due to big increases in drama and reality production, according to officials from FilmL.A.

TV drama production alone grew 28.6 percent, from 2,851 to 3,666 SDs, while reality production rose 14.7 percent from 4,825 to 5,532 SDs.

Commercial production rose 9 percent, from 4,765 to 5,192 SDs, bolstered by the growth of Internet advertising, which saw three-fold growth from 177 SDs in 2010 to 771 SDs in 2014, according to FilmL.A.

Feature film production was down 3.2 percent, going from 4,687 SDs in 2013 to 4,535 SDs in 2014.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said the overall increase in on-location filming activity “is big news for our city” where many residents work in the entertainment industry.

He added that the city’s effort “to make L.A. more film-friendly is already paying off, and we’re excited to see even bigger numbers when the new film tax credit we got passed goes into effect.”

City officials helped lobby for an expanded state tax credit program that takes effect this year. The city is also continuing to waive filming fees on municipal property.

FilmL.A. officials said measuring production activity on “shoot days” focuses more on the level of activity, as opposed to the number of locations used by film crews.

The office previously relied on Permitted Production Days, which counted the number of locations where crews do their filming.

“Over the past six months, FilmL.A. has devoted considerable resources to build a new system for film production tracking,” FilmL.A. President Paul Audley said.

Tracking “shoot days” will also make it easier for the office to compare Los Angeles’ filming activity to that other other regions using the “shoot days” measurement, Audley said.

City News Service

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