'Private Practice' tops local TV production

Don’t be surprised if Warner Bros.’ “The Dark Knight Rises” has a Los Angeles kind of look to it when it opens July 20.

Christopher Nolan’s third Batpic generated the most shooting activity among features lensed on the streets of Los Angeles last year with 249 permitted days, according to figures provided Tuesday by the FilmL.A. permitting agency. ABC’s “Private Practice” was the busiest TV series with 424 days.

“The Dark Knight Rises,” listed on permits as “Magnus Rex,” racked up six consecutive weeks during the late summer and early fall as the leading offlot feature production. Many of the locations used during the Batshoot were in central Los Angeles including the Los Angeles River, under the 6th Street Bridge; Dominguez Channel near El Camino College; Grand Avenue downtown; Figueroa and 4th Street downtown; 830 S. Hill at the Broadway Trade Center; and Frank Court Alley between 6th and 7th streets.

Dreamworks’ family drama “Welcome to People” totalled the second highest level of feature production activity in Los Angeles with 224 days. Release date hasn’t been set yet for the pic, directed by Alex Kurtzman and starring Chris Pine, Olivia Wilde, Elizabeth Banks, Michelle Pfeiffer and Mark Duplass.

“Sports Camp” was third most active feature with 156 days followed “Neighbors” and Judd Apatow’s comedy “This is 40.” Hollywood’s offlot production of features rose 5.7% last year to 5,682 days.

On the TV side, “Private Practice” easily topped E! Entertainment’s “How Do I Look with 329 days and “Skinny” with 295, “Southland” with 267 and “The Braxtons” with 247. Television — the largest component of offlot production — declined by 2.7%, or nearly 500 days, last year to 17,349 days.

Overall production last week declined 6% from the same frame in 2011 to 610 days as TV slid 17% to 332 days with “Southland” as the top program with 29 days. Other shows shooting locally include “513,” “CSI: NY,” “Private Practice,” “Touch,” “1000 Ways to Die,” “Hot Wheels/Angels,” “Q Viva The Chosen,” “Modern Family,” “New Girl” and “Parks & Recreation.”Features jumped 30% last week to 93 days with indie “Black Forest” as the most active with 29 days. Other film projects include “Awakened,” “Five Year Engagement,” “I Will Follow You Into The Dark,” “Retribution” and “The Shift.”

Spots declined slightly by six days to 185 with a Chrysler shoot the most active with six days.

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