TV and film production in Los Angeles was slow to recover from the industry-wide strikes last fall, according to new data released by FilmLA.
Scripted TV production ticked up slightly in the fourth quarter compared with the prior three-month period, but still remained far below historic levels. And feature film production continued to decline even after the strikes ended.
Overall location filming was down 32.4% in 2023 compared to 2022. Those figures include commercials and reality TV, neither of which was directly impacted by the strike, but which were nevertheless down compared to the prior year.
“It hasn’t been good for anyone who works in the industry,” said Paul Audley, the president of FilmLA. “2023 was a really, really difficult year.”
FilmLA issues location permits for productions throughout the Los Angeles region. Though its data does not include production on studio lots, it is nevertheless seen as a reliable barometer for overall production activity.
In the period from October through December, TV dramas recorded 101 “shoot days” — up from 12 days in July through September, but still 91.3% below the fourth quarter of 2022. TV comedies moved up from two days in the third quarter to 51 in the fourth quarter — an 85.6% decline.
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