Film, TV prod'n dips 15%
As the California Legislature approved a two-year extension of the 3-year-old incentive program, offlot filming in Los Angeles fell 15% last week — or 100 days less than the same week last year.
Feature filming was down 26% to 111 days — well below average — as indie features “Take a Chance,” “Feed the Dog” and “Mantervention” were the most active, according to information provided Tuesday by permitting agency FilmL.A.
“Mantervention” shot in Hollywood, at a gym and market in Van Nuys, and a salon in Studio City. “Take a Chance” shot in downtown and at a residence in Woodland Hills.”Sons of Anarchy” and “Private Practice” were the most active TV shoots with 15 days each. Also shooting were “Dexter,” Face Off,” “Top Shot,” “Key and Peele” and “Modern Family.”
Two bills to extend California’s tax credit production incentive program for two years were approved Friday night and went to Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk. Brown has 30 days to OK or veto the legislation. The governor OK’d a one-year extension of the program last year.
The 3-year-old program is strongly endorsed by the film business as a sensible method to create below-the-line jobs by giving producers incentives to lense in the Golden State. Currently, California provides $100 million in annual tax credits for productions, but the 25% credit is smaller than many other programs, and demand far exceeds supply, with 28 projects selected by lottery out of more than 330 in June.