L.A. lensing up but pilots lag

TV activity off compared to same frame in 2011

Offlot TV production in Los Angeles has been lagging as production for the pilot season hasn’t yet started.

Production in L.A. stayed solid last week with 636 days of shooting — up more than 10% from 2011 weekly average — but TV was down 25% from the year-ago period with 338 days. Overall production in L.A. was down 6% compared with the same week last year, according to figures provided Tuesday by the FilmL.A. permitting agency.

“The only real trend of note is that we haven’t seen pilot production for pilot season kick in yet this year,” said FilmL.A. spokesman Philip Sokoloski. “Ordinarily, we’d start seeing some come online by mid-February, but things are looking a little delayed. We logged just one pilot production day last week vs. 36 in the same week the year prior. Looking forward, we don’t really anticipate pilot production to pick up until the week after next.”

Indie feature “Channeling” was the most active film shooting last week with 14 days with lensing at properties including an apartment building downtown and a warehouse in East L.A.

Other films currently shooting offlot in Los Angeles include “Burt Wonderstone,” “Item 47,” “Smart Ass,” “Susie Chambers” and “The Lone Ranger.”

Top TV shoot was reality show “Swing” with 21 days. Other shows shooting locally included “Bones,” “Southland,” “The Client List,” “Broken Minds,” “Flipping Out 6,” “Melissa and Tye,” “Overtones,” “The Glee Project,” “Suburgatory” and “Up All Night.”

Commercials showed robust activity last week with 231 days, up 42% over same week last year. A Starbucks spot was the most active with 20 days.

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