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Forecast sees showbiz jobs on the rise

LAEDC says moderate gains expected in L.A. production scene

The Los Angeles Economic Development Corp. is forecasting slight to moderate improvement in Hollywood’s employment picture this year and next following the addition of 4,200 showbiz jobs in 2011.

The forecast, released Wednesday, estimated that Los Angeles employment for the motion picture and sound recording businesses hit 125,100 jobs last year for a 3.5% gain. That’s still about 5,000 slots short of the level in 2008 but a significant recovery from 2009, when the recession drove the number down to 117,400.

The report also said that growth this year was up 2.1% through the first five months. “Slight to modest growth is expected in this industry over the balance of 2012 and into 2013,” it added.

Hollywood’s offlot production edged up slightly in the second quarter despite a 15.4% slide in TV activity as a 9.1% gain in features and a 28% hike in commercial activity took up most of the slack. TV shooting remained slow last week with networks still on hiatus, according to figures released Tuesday by the FilmL.A. permitting agency.

“Jimmy Kimmel Live” was the most active TV shoot with 28 days, followed by reality shows “Made” with 14 days and “Pit Boss” with eight. Other shows shooting included “Californication,” “NCIS: Los Angeles,” “The Voice” and “Tosh.O.”

John Sayles’ 18th feature, “Go for Sisters,” was the most active feature shoot with a dozen days. Shoots for “Sisters,” starring Edward James Olmos, LisaGay Hamilton, Yolonda Ross and Hector Elizondo, took place at Los Angeles Valley College, Jamie Slaven Beth Park in Van Nuys and at a restaurant in North Hollywood.

Other features shooting included “The Canyons,” “Lovesick” and “Abby in the Summer.”

“Wingspan Ignited” was the most active commercial shoot with 18 days.

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