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L.A. TV production sinks despite pilots

Feature activity up 31% but still light

Local weekly offlot TV production has remained sluggish without any significant boost from pilot season shooting.

Permitting agency FilmL.A. provided figures Tuesday showing that TV shooting last week slid 28% to 257 days, down 100 days from the same frame a year ago. It was the second-slowest week of the year for TV — only 31 days more than the first week of the year, which saw the fewest TV shoots of 2012.

Largest drop came in TV reality, down to 130 days from 180 last year. Pilot shooting, which surged during the last two weeks of March, remained relatively light with 22 days.

Shed Media’s reality skein “HXL” was the most active with 22 days last week. Other shows shot locally included “Bones,” “Bunheads,” “Private Practice,” “The Client List,” “True Blood,” “Bar Rescue 2,” “Melissa & Tye,” “The Millionaire Matchmaker” and “The Voice.”

Feature activity was also soft, even though the total of 123 days represented a 31% hike from the 2011 period. The week was well below the April 16-22 week, which totalled 172 permitted days.

Lakeshore’s “Stand Up Guys” was the most active production with 12 days. Other shoots included “AVGN,” “Camp Fred,” “Girl on the Edge,” “Mall” and “Rapture Road.”

A spot for Bank of America’s local market campaign generated the most days for a commercial with 11.

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