Pivot’s 10-episode documentary series “Welcome to Fairfax” was the most active production shoot in 2014 in Los Angeles, followed by Amazon’s police procedural “Bosch.”
A Variety analysis prepared with assistance from permitting agency FilmL.A. showed that “Welcome to Fairfax” generated 514 permitted production days last year, followed by 379 for “Bosch.”
The final season of FX’s “Sons of Anarchy” finished third with 264 days, followed by three more series — El Rey Network’s “Matador” with 230, CBS’ “Criminal Minds” with 228 and MTV’s “Teen Wolf” with 212. A pair of reality series, HGTV’s “Sold on the Spot” and Bravo’s “The People’s Couch,” followed with 187 and 167.
CBS’ “Stalker” took the ninth slot with 160 days and Amazon’s series “Transparent” followed with 148.
TV shoots have been the mainstay of production activity in Los Angeles over the past decade as major feature films have opted for incentive programs outside California. TV drama shooting rose 43% in the third quarter to 1,408 days and reality jumped 49% to 2,019 days.
Shooting in California is likely to jump this year in anticipation of the state increasing the annual allocation of state tax credits to $330 million per year — more than triple the current amount — starting with fiscal year 2015-16 and lasting for five years. It will expand the eligibility to include big-budget feature films and new one-hour drama series, categories of production that have migrated away from the state.
The fifth season of MTV’s “Teen Wolf” is the only production listed among the 10 most active Los Angeles shoots receiving credits from California’s Film and Television Tax Credit program for the 2014-15 fiscal year. “Teen Wolf,” which relocated from Georgia in 2012, will receive a credit for nearly 25% of its $46.3 million in qualified costs.
“Welcome to Fairfax” began airing in October. It focuses on the journeys of the young entrepreneurs living and working in the Fairfax District, including Gavin “Mizzle” McNeill, founder of the street wear line “Just Be Cool”; Julian “Jay Uggh” Smith, a hip-hop emcee and the founder of CBG (“Chill Black Guys”); and BMX rider Gabe Brooks.
“Welcome to Fairfax” is produced by Matador with exec producers Todd Lubin, Jay Peterson, Ryan Sidhoo, Ben Selkow, and Jonathan Silberberg. Jeff Skoll and Christy Spitzer serve as exec producers for Pivot.
FilmL.A.’s 2014 year-end report comes out Tuesday.