Bringing Filming Back to L.A.

Television show logosAs the Chair of the City Council’s Entertainment & Facilities Committee, I work closely with FilmLA on issues throughout the City. It is a priority for me, and the City Council, to bring more filming back to Los Angeles.  This is good for our economy, not just the many people who work directly in the film industry, but also all of those who work in ancillary professions that prosper when filming occurs nearby.  The local catering company or dry cleaner benefit as much as someone who operates the camera equipment when filming happens in LA.  This keeps families together, and helps build our economy in our community.  At a recent Committee meeting, FilmLA reported good news.  They report that 5 television series have relocated back to California, including American Horror Story, Mistresses, Secrets & Lies, Scream Queens and VEEP.  In fact, they report that there’s been an 11.4% increase in “shoot days” for the film industry over last year.  The average shooting cost for a feature film or TV series ranges from $100,000 to $300,000 per day.  That’s actual dollars that each production spends on wages, groceries, hotel rooms, gas, building supplies, props, payroll, etc. For every tax credit dollar approved under California’s Film and Television Tax Credit program, at least $1.13 in tax revenue will be returned to the state and local governments. When it comes to helping every-day people in Los Angeles, FilmLA reports a $659 million payroll for the “below-the-line-cast and crew.”  That is good for Los Angeles families. I will continue to advocate for bringing more filming back to the City of Los Angeles, and to the Sixth District.