With a major boost in state tax credits coming next year, TV production saw a 31.1% surge in third quarter activity in the Los Angeles region, according to a report by the FilmL.A. agency.
The report showed 5,363 permitted days of TV production during third quarter, a gain of 1,272 days from the 2013 period. Second quarter TV production had posted a similar jump of 33.7% amid a shift toward more early summer premieres.
All categories except sitcoms rose with TV dramas increasing 43.2% to 1,408 permitted days and reality TV gained 49.2% to 2,019. Web-based TV rose 12.3% to 401, TV pilot production surged 40.8% to 138 and sitcoms slid 29% to 367.
The TV figures included five series that receive incentives under California’s current incentive program: “Rizzoli & Isles,” “Pretty Little Liars, ” “Major Crimes,” “Perception” and “Legends.”
The report also shows that movie production dropped 4% in the third quarter to 1,881 permitted days, including 157 days of incentivized production. The state-qualified feature film projects included “Straight Outta Compton,” “Never Leave,” “Scouts vs. Zombies,” “Into the Further” and “The Perfect Guy.”
“While we are still trying to reclaim our share of television production, we’re encouraged by dramatic television producers’ interest in filming in Los Angeles,” said FilmL.A. president Paul Audley. “With the new tax credit taking effect next July, we see strong potential for growth in local TV work ahead.”
The report was issued slightly more than a month after Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill that more than triples the size of California’s film and TV tax credits to $330 million annually. The legislation is designed to stem the tide of runaway production fleeing to other states and countries.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti predicted on Sept. 18 at the signing ceremony that the expanded credit would mean 10,000 jobs would return to the region next year. He said the legislation will “level the playing field” with other states offering credits.