Los Angeles appears to be losing its draw for television dramas, with only two out of the 23 new fall and midseason broadcast dramas slated to be shot in L.A., reports the Los Angeles Times’ Richard Verrier.
The reason? Bottom-line-minded producers are shifting to "tax-friendly production havens in New York, North Carolina, Georgia and other states," Verrier writes.
Television dramas such as "Desperate Housewives" have helped anchor the L.A. entertainment economy as moviemaking has undergone a decade-long decline, the story notes.
The only two series of the 23 new dramas that will be shot in Los Angeles are "Vegas," on CBS, and "Mistresses," a midseason entry due on ABC.
One 22-episode-a-year network series has a budget of $60 million and generates 840 direct and indirect jobs, according to the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp.," the article points out.
"The loss of hourlong dramas is very significant," said Kevin Klowden, director of the California Center at the Milken Institute. "This is the heart of television production. If this continues, you’re going to see a direct impact on the employment base of Los Angeles."
Los Angeles still remains home to most half-hour comedies and reality shows. But dramas have bigger budgets and employ larger crews, which in return has a larger impact on the Los Angeles economy, the article notes.