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Location Film Production Declines For 7th Straight Quarter In LA

HOLLYWOOD, CA — The number of on-location film production shoot days across Los Angeles fell over 41 percent in the last quarter compared to 2022 levels, according to a new report released Tuesday, quantifying just how significant an impact the writers and actors strikes have had on the region.

The report, released Tuesday by regional film permitting agency FilmLA, notes that the WGA and SAG-AFTRA work stoppages weren’t the only reason for the downward trend. In fact, on-location filming around LA has declined for seven consecutive quarters.

“Sobering as these statistics are, production numbers are not the ultimate testimony of the importance of this industry to our region. There’s a deeper testimony that comes to us through stories of families, businesses, lives, and jobs affected by the present downturn,” FilmLA president Paul Audley said.

Los Angeles has been faced with fierce competition for film production as states including Georgia and New Mexico have offered attractive incentives in recent years that have successfully lured production away from the Golden State.

Here’s a closer look at some of the numbers:

Feature film shoot days
Q3 2023: 376
Q3 2022: 823

Commercial shot days
Q3 2023: 758
Q3 2022: 1,021

TV shoot days
Q3 2023: 2,225
Q3 2022: 4,438

Other shoot days
Q3 2023: 1,952
Q3 2022: 2,779

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