L.A.’s TV Pilot Production Drops-L.A. Times
Los Angeles, once the king of TV pilots, is rapidly losing its domain to New York and other rivals.
The L.A. region’s share of pilot production dropped to a historic low in the most recent pilot season, as producers took their business to the Big Apple and other cities offering stronger tax breaks and rebates, according to a new report.
For the upcoming fall season, nine of 29 new network drama series will film in L.A. Above, a scene from the USA series “Graceland,” which moved production from L.A. to Florida. (Jeff Daly / USA Network)
Among 203 pilots produced in the 12 months ended in May, only 44% (90 pilots) were filmed in the L.A. region, down from 52% the previous season and 82% from the 2006-07 pilot season. The rest mainly filmed in New York, Atlanta, and the Canadian cities Vancouver and Toronto, an annual survey released Tuesday by FilmL.A. Inc. concluded.