LA-Based TV Pilots Remaining Robust

Upsurge follows 37% gain in first quarter

TV pilots have continued to drive an upsurge in Hollywood location shooting following a 37% hike in the first quarter.

Pilots totaled 68 days last week — four times more than the same week in 2012 — with Trance’s “HTF” racking up the most acvitity with 25 days followed by 15 days for an untitled Warner Bros. pilot, according to figures released by the FilmL.A. permitting agency.

Overall TV activity jumped 59% to 441 days as TV talk and TV webisodes also contributed significantly to the weekly gain. First-quarter overall TV activity was up 19% thanks to gains in pilots, sitcoms, web-based TV and drama.

The gain in pilots is a key increase, given the shift away from Hollywood in the current TV season. FilmL.A.’s annual Television Pilot Production report last June projected that the major broadcast networks’ 2012-13 season would consist of 47 Los Angeles-based shows (18 dramas, 29 comedies) and 24 shows (23 dramas and a single comedy) filmed outside Hollywood — marking the first time in the study’s nine years that less than half the primetime dramas have been shot in L.A.

Overall location activity gained 13% to 703 days even though feature activity plunged for the week, sliding from 172 to 92. Most active features were Michael Mann’s untitled thriller, with 10 days, and “Townies” with nine.

Commercials activity was off by four days to 165 days.

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