Los Angeles admissions stabilized above pre-pandemic levels in the second quarter of 2022 after setting three consecutive quarterly all-time records.
Despite a decline in admissions from the start of the year, local production from April to June ended at 2.7 percent and 6.8 percent, respectively, compared to the same periods in 2018 and 2019, according to FilmLA’s latest report, which was released on Wednesday. There were 9,220 recording days this quarter.
Due to a production backlog brought to a halt by the pandemic, massive filming was done in LA from July 2021 to March 2022. Local recordings rose in the third quarter of 2021 to a record not seen since 2018 with 10,127 recording days, then set an all-time quarterly record to end 2021 with 10,780 recording days. Shooting at the peak of 2022 was the busiest first quarter ever with 9,832 recording days.
“We had expected production to return to pre-pandemic levels sometime within the year, and here we are,” FilmLA president Paul Audley said in a statement. “Resilient in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, and with industry leaders taking steps to protect both worker and community safety, we are confident in the film industry’s ability to keep local production at or above historic levels.” to keep.”
TV filming continues to be a driving force behind local production, with 4,136 shooting days. While shooting in the category is nearly 16 percent lower than the same period last year, it is 12.7 percent more than the five-year average. (FilmLA’s five-year averages exclude 2020, when production in LA was suspended from March to June due to COVID-19.)
Episodic dramas in production in Q2 included Little America (Apple TV+), Dead to me (Netflix), Euphoria (HBO), Snowfall (FX), Station 19 (ABC) and the final season of This is us (NBC). FilmLA reported that more than one in five shooting days in the TV category came from projects receiving tax breaks.
In July 2021, California bolstered the Film & Television Tax Credit program with an additional $180 million in incentives on top of the $330 million already earmarked for the industry. The program welcomed new shows for the first time since 2019 to receive tax breaks. The lack of new series that were selected for participation was partly due to the large number of recurring series that already received credits.
Some of the program is also specifically aimed at encouraging TV productions to move to California. Killing (NBCUniversal) and Rap Sh!t (HBO) moved their productions to the state this year to receive tax credits afterwards The stewardess (HBO) did the same in 2021.
Filming for TV reality series continues to rise, finishing 96.4 percent above the five-year average, according to FilmLA. Prominent shows that have been recorded locally include: american idol (ABC), Buried in the backyard (Oxygen), and LA Fire and Rescue (NBC).
The local film agency similarly reported that shooting days for comedy series from April to June were 61.8 percent higher than the same period last year, although it is more than 20 percent lower than the five-year average.
Halting a trend of an escalating slide in feature film production, admissions for the category posted strong performance in the second quarter. Filming for feature films generated 898 shooting days – a nine percent increase from the same period last year, but still 16.4 percent below the five-year average. Some projects shot in LA are included Barbie (Warner Bros.), being mortal (Searchlight Pictures) an Untitled Jonah Hill Project (Netflix), and the remake of White men can’t jump (20th century studios).
According to FilmLA, the take-up rate for commercials was 28.1 percent lower than the same period last year and 21.4 percent below the five-year average.