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Television location filming rises in Los Angeles

LA skylineTelevision location filming days rose slightly in Los Angeles over the last three months, but feature production declined, new figures from FilmLA have revealed.

Drama series American Horror Story and HBO’s high-profile new show Westworld were among the productions that were supported by California’s filming incentive from July through to September.

Features included Suburbicon, a period crime mystery directed by George Clooney.

“The mixed results we see from last quarter in film production in Los Angeles County remind us of the need to be determined and aggressive in keeping filming here,” said Los Angeles County supervisor Don Knabe.

“Be it film, television, commercials or web-based production, all have an impact on thousands of direct jobs and indirect jobs which support the industry.”

In contrast, Los Angeles saw a surge in location filming days for reality TV shows and online content, suggesting that the city is still primarily popular for lower-budgeted projects. 

For more on California filming and local service companies see our production guide. 

California’s filming incentive programme prioritises TV productions, but only a quarter of shows filmed in Los Angeles over the past three months were awarded tax credit support.

Feature location filming days may get a bump in the city in the last few months of the year when David Ayer’s sci-fi drama Bright starts shooting. Ava DuVernay’s A Wrinkle in Time and Bradley Cooper’s version of A Star is Born are also incoming in 2017.