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Fourth highest level of the year last week

A wide variety of features shooting in Los Angeles drove activity to its fourth highest level of the year last week, with 175 permitted days.

Universal’s Judd Apatow comedy “This Is 40,” starring Leslie Mann and Paul Rudd, led the way with 17 days, according to figures provided Tuesday by the FilmL.A. permitting agency. That was up 40 days from the year-ago week but well below the 2011 highs for the year of 246 days and 229 days during the last two weeks of June.

Other films lensing in Los Angeles include “He Loves Me” and “Sports Camp.”

Overall production for films, TV and commercials totaled 620 permitted production days during the week that ended Sunday — up 4% from the year-ago period and up three days from the previous week.

TV shooting for the week declined 5% to 370 days, or 19 fewer than the same week last year but 40 more than the previous week. Warner Bros. TV logged 19 days, with “The Closer” as the most active production with 15 days. Other TV series shooting in Los Angeles include “Californication,” “Fear Factor,” “Kitchen Nightmares,” “NCIS” and “The Office.”

FilmL.A. spokesman Philip Sokoloski said it’s typical for TV series to start ramping up at this time of year. State film incentives should bring a boost for feature film activity later in the year, he added.

Commercials remained flat with 75 days. Biscuit Filmworks was the most active producer with eight days. A spot for Target was the most active production with five days.

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