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TV Boosts 2015 Los Angeles Production by 1.3%

A boost in TV production and state tax incentives led to a 1.3% hike in on-location filming in Greater Los Angeles in 2015 to 37,289 days of shooting, according to new report from FilmL.A.

Despite an 8% decline in TV reality production to 5,088 days, overall Television gained 9.5% to 15,706 days. TV dramas increased 19.3% to 4,374, doubled to 2,268 and web-based TV increased 28.3% to 1,449.

“Television’s importance to Greater Los Angeles can’t be overstated,” noted FilmL.A. President Paul Audley. “Scripted television provides long-term job opportunities and high economic value, so these increases should be celebrated.”

The California Film & Television Tax Credit — which has been boosted from $100 million to $330 million annually — was part of 1,130 shooting days including FX’s “American Horror Story,” Touchstone’s “Secrets and Lies,” Viacom’s “Hindsight,” Touchstone’s “Code Black,” CBS’s “Crazy Ex Girlfriend,” Fox’s “Rosewood,” Universal’s “Heart Breakers,” HBO’s “Utopia” and HBO’s “Westworld.”

Feature production decreased 4.2% to 4,344 days but picked up in the final quarter. Between October and December, five movies that are state-incentivized got underway in Los Angeles — “Chips,” “The Conjuring 2,” “Rebirth,” “The Sentence” and James Franco’s “The Disaster Artist —  and accounted to 101 days or 9.4% of total feature production for the quarter.

Commercial production stayed flat with a gain of 0.2% to 5,201 days. For four straight years, commercials have produced more on-location days per year than features.

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