Online video productions in the greater Los Angeles metropolitan area were down 15.6% in the third quarter of 2013 according to data from FilmL.A., a 501(c)4 not-for-profit organization established for the public benefit that coordinates and processes permits for “on-location motion picture, television and commercial production under contract to an ever-increasing roster of public-sector clients in the Los Angeles region.”
The percent decrease is based on 357 permitted production days (abbreviated as “PDD”) the office Of FilmL.A. registered to web TV shoots from July 1, 2013 through October 31, 2013. That’s a slight decrease from the 423 PPD FilmL.A. saw during the same time frame in 2012 and a dip from the 499 PPD FilmL.A. witnessed in the second quarter of 2013.
But while permitted online video productions are down, L.A. area on-location filming on a whole is up 9.5% on the quarter. That bump is thanks to an increase in commercial and feature productions, many of which benefitted from the California Film and Television Tax Credit Program, a form of relief FilmL.A. President Paul Audley would like to the sate expand upon.
“Any increase in local production is cause for celebration, as long as we don’t lose sight of the big picture,” noted Audley. “For feature film production to be where it once was and should be in L.A., production would need to increase by 125 percent. Until Sacramento acts to level the playing field, we won’t see the kind of growth and prosperity that California families are counting on.”