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New incentives boost L.A. production

Off-lot feature production rose 11.5%

Off-lot feature production in the Los Angeles area rose 11.5% during the second quarter compared to last year, thanks to the state’s incentive program.

Permitting agency FilmLA said Tuesday that on-location feature production totaled 1,542 days — including 423 days that came from projects that received the California Film and Television Tax Credit.

“The incentive program is performing exactly as it was designed to, leveling the playing field and keeping us competitive,” said Amy Lemisch, exec director of the California Film Commission. “This is great news for industry workers and the thousands of small businesses that support film and television production in California.”

The Golden State’s program, approved early last year, is significantly smaller and not as sweet as many others with a maximum 25% credit and a total of $500 million in credits over five years. But state officials have contended the presence of Hollywood’s existing infrastructure and the desire to stay close to home has the potential to reverse more than a decade of runaway production.

Between April and June, FilmLA coordinated permits for 16 of the feature projects approved for the state credit.

“The state incentive continues to bolster local film production and employment,” said FilmLA president Paul Audley. “Angelenos should find it reassuring to see production returning to Los Angeles, and with it, more work for their families, friends and neighbors.”

The agency also reported that off-lot TV production in Los Angeles edged up 1.4% to 4,052 days as dramas slid 38.2% to 755 days while reality shows surged 47.6% to 2,016. Sitcoms plunged 48.2% to 286 and pilots dropped 42.7% to 177.

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