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Incentives lure features outside state

Off-lot feature production in the Los Angeles area slid 44% during the second quarter year over year amid the ongoing trend of features shooting outside Hollywood.

Second-quarter stats released Wednesday by permitting agency FilmL.A. showed 1,383 days of feature shooting while the half-year totaled 2,314 days — down 52.5% for the year.

Second-quarter TV stats showed a 30.7% decline to 3,998 days but that was due mostly to a spike in last year’s quarter, when production had resumed following end of the WGA strike. For the first six months, the decline was only 4% to 8,277.

FilmL.A. spokesman Todd Lindgren said the ongoing stalemate over the Screen Actors Guild’s negotiations this year may have also contributed to the slowdown in feature activity. But he indicated that the biggest factor in the continued decline stems from the lure of incentive programs outside California.

The org noted that the feature category has posted four straight quarters of double-digit losses and has seen annual declines in 10 of the past 12 years.

FilmL.A. said activity for TV dramas has gained 9.5% to 2,777 days while sitcoms declined 37.5% to 409 and reality slid 12% to 2,863. Pilots have posted a 10.8% hike to 563 due to first quarter gains.

The commercials category — which has seen three consecutive years of losses — has continued to lose steam over the first half with a 31% slide to 1,193 days.

“Our recent television production figures have been all over the map due to last year’s work stoppage,” said FilmL.A. president Paul Audley. “But, we are deeply concerned by our long-term loss of commercial and feature film production. The advertising sector has been hard hit by the economy, and feature films are consistently shot in incentive-generous locales outside California.”

Features shot on location in the Los Angeles area during the second quarter included “Date Night,” “Cats and Dogs 2” and “The Backup Plan.”

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