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Los Angeles Location Production Surges 11.4% in First Quarter

Thanks to gains in films, TV and ad shoots, first-quarter location production in greater Los Angeles jumped 11.4% to 9,703 shoot days, according to the Film L.A. permiting agency.

Gains were due in part to the impact of California’s increased state tax credit, which was boosted last year to $330 million annually from $100 million. Productions shot during the quarter that received the credit included the James Franco-Bryan Cranston comedy “Why Him,” “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” and “Veep.”

Local on-location feature production surged 23.7% to 1,145 shoot days, including 155 days generated by four films receiving the credit — “The God Particle,” “Please Stand By,” “Sentence” and “Why Him.”

“We predicted we’d see a boost in Feature production in the first quarter thanks to the state tax credit, and we’re glad to see that happening,” said Film L.A. president Paul Audley. “In addition, as the non-incentivized counts show, Los Angeles remains a popular choice among film, television and commercial producers.”

Under the rules enacted last year, the tax credit covers up to 25% of production costs with the state film commission selecting projects based partly on the project’s job creation component.

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Television production — the biggest component of Los Angeles activity — surged 19.1% to 3,944 shoot days. Local TV drama production gained 3.1% to 1,091 shoot days with 22% of the category coming from tax credit projects such as “Animal Kingdom,” “Rosewood,” “Twin Peaks” and “Westworld.”

TV comedy production nearly doubled to 557 shoot days, including “Veep,” which relocated to Los Angeles from Maryland in 2015, and “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.”

TV pilot production grew by 2.7% to 264 shoot days with 14% coming from tax credit projects including  “Bunker Hill,” “Marvels Most Wanted” and “Pitch.”

The report comes three months after Film L.A. reported a 1.3% hike in location production in 2015 to 37,289 days of shooting.

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