Production of TV Pilots Moving Out of L.A.–So Where Is It Going?

Jun 15, 2011  •  Post A Comment

The percentage of TV pilot production taking place in Los Angeles is declining, and much of it appears to be heading to a certain East Coast city, according to the Los Angeles Times’ Company Town blog.

That city is New York. With an expanded film tax credit program and a weak U.S. dollar that makes taping in Canada less attractive, New York City drew a record number of cable and network pilots, according to the report.

The city hosted 22 pilots in the most recent TV season, compared with just three pilots in the year-earlier season, the story says.

That trend is expected to continue in the next year, with TV series such as "Person of Interest," a drama from J.J. Abrams, the MTV comedy "I Just Want My Pants Back" and an HBO series from producer Judd Apatow called "Girls" planning to tape in New York City, the article notes.

The jump in New York-based pilots appears to be coming at the expense of Los Angeles, as the L.A. area’s share of pilot production declined to 51%, down from 58% a year earlier, the story notes.

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