×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Report: L.A. Production Grew in 2013, But Still Not What it Once Was

FilmLA, the film office serving the Los Angeles region, reported growth in on-location film, TV and web production in 2013, but said that it is still far from its peak.

Moreover, the report, which examined on-location filming over a 20 year period, said that a bigger share of recent growth has been in “lower-value” projects, such as reality TV, student films and still photography, 16% over the past five years, and ones that provide fewer and lower-paying jobs than so-called “higher value” productions like TV dramas and major feature films, which have increased just 2% over that period.

“Altogether, approximately 56% of the on-location filming taking place in Los Angeles can be classified as ‘lower value,’ and this figure remains optimistic,” FilmLA said in its report.

Industry boosters and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti are calling for the state to expand its production incentive program, now capped at $100 million per year, to better compete with other states that have been able to lure network dramas and major feature films from Hollywood.

The FilmLA report highlighted what will be a challenge for industry lobbyists as they try to convince lawmakers of the urgency to expand the program, as the figures show a more complicated picture than a precipitous, year-over-year drop in production. While there are signs of improvement from 2012 to 2013, FilmLA said that production still lags peaks in certain categories. For instance, feature production is 50% below its peak in 1996, and TV drama production is 39% below its 2008 peak.

“I have been using the analogy that we have been in this basement, and we have moved up a step or two to the first floor, but we are nowhere where we used to be,” said Paul Audley, president of FilmLA. He said that other states have essentially been “cherry picking the best stuff away from us,” with the growth confined to “micro-budgeted” projects and direct-to-web productions. His “biggest concern,” he said, is that so many dramas and features are locating in other states that some of the key vendors that service them also are moving there permanent operations there as well.

In a statement, Garcetti said that the report “underscores the urgency of our work to reverse runaway production. The entertainment industry is a cornerstone of our civic identity and our economy, with 500,000 jobs at stake. I will cut red tape at City Hall and fight in Sacramento to make sure L.A. is the best possible place for production and ensure that we are always the entertainment capital of the world.”

FilmLA also plans an extensive report soon on production among certain categories of feature film production.

The figures from FilmLA, by category:

Features: 6,972 production days, 2013; 5,892 production days, 2012. Peak: 13,980 production days, 1996.

TV: 18,590 production days, 2013; 16,762 production days, 2012. Peak: 23,315 production days, 2007.

Commercials: 8,453 production days, 2013; 8,078 production days, 2012. Peak: 8,453 production days, 2013.

Subcategories:

TV dramas: 4,095 production days, 2013; 3,553 production days, 2012. Peak: 6,736 production days, 2008.

TV comedies: 2,222 production days, 2013; 2,048 production days, 2012. Peak: 2,222 production days, 2013.

TV pilots: 1,066 production days, 2013; 795 production days, 2012. Peak: 1,599 production days, 2006.

TV reality: 6,605 production days, 2013; 6,358 production days, 2012. Peak: 6,605 production days, 2013.

Web based TV: 1,725 production days, 2013; 1,633 production days, 2012. Peak: 1,725 production days, 2013.

More Biz

  • pharrell brain child show

    'Blurred Lines' Flares Up Again - Marvin Gaye Family Claims Pharrell Perjured Himself

    Like a zombie that just won’t stay dead, the “Blurred Lines” case keeps coming back. While the 2015 verdict, in which Pharrell Williams, Robin Thicke and the song’s publisher were ordered to pay nearly $5 million to Marvin Gaye’s family for infringing upon the late singer’s 1977 hit “Got to Give It Up,” was basically [...]

  • WGA Agency Packaging Fight Placeholder Writer

    WGA-Agency Showdown: Role of Showrunners at Heart of Legal Arguments

    The Los Angeles courtroom of U.S. District Judge Andre Birotte was packed with well-dressed lawyers on Friday morning, eager to watch a high-stakes brawl between Hollywood’s largest talent agencies and the Writers Guild of America. Birotte allowed only four lawyers from each side to sit at each table, leaving the vast majority of the attorneys [...]

  • 700700 + Ted Turner Dedication. December

    Ted Turner Tributes Established With WarnerMedia Gift to University of Georgia

    WarnerMedia has established a scholarship, internship program and exhibition hall at the University of Georgia to be named after maverick media mogul Ted Turner. The company has gifted $550,000 to the university to create the Ted Turner Scholarship Fund, for students attending the school’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, which is also the [...]

  • WGA Agents Contract Tug of War

    Judge Leans Toward Agencies' Position in Writers Guild Antitrust Suit

    A federal judge indicated on Friday that he will allow the three major agencies to pursue their antitrust lawsuit against the Writers Guild of America. The WGA has urged U.S. District Judge Andre Birotte to throw out the suit, arguing that its actions in its ongoing battle with the agencies are protected under antitrust law. [...]

  • Keli LeeStep Up Women Network 9th

    Keli Lee Exits ABC Studios International as Disney Considers Division's Fate (EXCLUSIVE)

    ABC veteran Keli Lee has left the international arm of ABC Studios as Disney considers the future of the London-based content unit, Variety has learned. Sources said Disney has told the creative community that there “has been a re-evaluation of ABC Studios International” and that it is re-assessing “the creative direction” of the business. There [...]

  • Biggest Scandals Feuds and Apologies of

    Biggest Scandals, Feuds and Apologies of 2019

    Variety looks back on some of the biggest scandals, feuds and apologies of 2019: College Admissions Scandal Wealthy parents including Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin were charged with bribing school officials to get their unqualified kids into prestigious universities. Shane Gillis Executives at “SNL” hired, then fired, Gillis in September, before the new season started, [...]

  • Biggest Media Moments of 2019

    From 'Catch & Kill' to Shepard Smith: The Biggest Media Moments of 2019

    Variety looks back on some of the most memorable media events of 2019: ‘Catch & Kill’ Reopens Wounds at NBC News Ronan Farrow’s book relitigates his complaints that NBC News tried to tamp down his investigation of harassment and assault allegations against Harvey Weinstein. NBC News denies the claim. The book contains new allegations against [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content