Even before California’s new Film and TV Tax Credit Program kicks in, production in the Los Angeles area is showing signs of a rebound.
“After hitting a new low last year with a measly five drama pilots and slipping to 85% of comedy pilot production, Los Angeles regained some ground with seven drama pilots, tying Vancouver and last year’s leader New York for No. 1,” Nellie Andreeva reports on Deadline.com. “The city also has upped its total this year to 93% of the comedy pilots, including straight-to-series ‘Telenovela’ at NBC.”
The news comes with California’s new tax credits still months away.
L.A.’s drama pilot total remains well below the 2013 total of 12, Andreeva notes, adding: “What’s more, Los Angeles’ pilot production comes from only two studios, Warner Bros. TV and ABC Studios, with everyone else shunning the City of Angels — not the first time multiple major TV producers have stayed away in filming their drama pilots.”
New York City, which has been faring well under what the article calls the state’s “very generous incentives package,” is experiencing some falloff this year. “Six dramas and one comedy pilot, NBC’s ‘Sharing,’ will be filmed in New York this season, down from last year’s all-time high 10 drama and five comedy pilots,” Andreeva writes. “That includes straight-to-series NBC drama ‘Shades of Blue.'”
Vancouver, the top Canadian destination for U.S. television studios, is benefiting from a favorable currency exchange rate, on top of the usual lower costs in Canada, Andreeva notes.
The city “hosts seven drama pilots this season to tie for the No. 1 spot on the list for the first time,” the article reports. “That was two pilots more than last year, on par with Vancouver’s 2013 tally. Toronto also went up a notch, from two to three drama pilots.”