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Los Angeles dominates TV pilot filming

Los AngelesLos Angeles was the dominant filming location for US television pilots produced over the past year, a new report has revealed.

Two hundred separate pilots were produced in the US in the 2015-16 cycle, with 79 filmed in Los Angeles to spend nearly $300m between them.

New York and Vancouver claimed distant second and third places with 28 and 25 pilots respectively, according to the figures from FilmLA.

Hosting a pilot does not necessarily mean the full series will film in the same place, but California’s boosted filming incentive programme now focuses on supporting TV shoots.

A separate FilmLA report published last month showed that pilot production in Los Angeles in the second quarter of this year rose by an impressive 90%, although fewer than one in five got tax credit support from the state.

This week California awarded incentive support of nearly $20m to the Disney movie A Wrinkle in Time, to be directed by Ava DuVernay with Oprah Winfrey starring. 

New Mexico remains California’s biggest regional rival and is the more popular choice for big-budget film and TV production. The state hosted more than 60 separate shoots in the last financial year and direct spending rose by nearly $100m. 

For more on filming in California see our production guide.