On Location: Film activity in L.A. rose 6% last week
Such TV programs as "Entourage," "The Closer" and "Sons of Anarchy" generated 300 production days -- or two-thirds of overall production activity -- up a whopping 41% over a year ago, according to the latest data from FilmL.A. Inc., the nonprofit group that handles film permits in the city and many unincorporated areas of the county. It marked the fourth consecutive week of growth in the TV category.
Commercial shoots, on the other hand, had an abysmal week, generating only 86 production days, a 38% decline from the same period a year ago. Commercial production has been mostly down this quarter.
After two weeks of gains, on-location shoots for features dropped 5%, accounting for 113 production days.
This week "American Idol" is filming downtown, the HBO vampire series "True Blood" plants its stake in northeast L.A. County and Wal-Mart will be in Pasadena for a commercial spot. Over in Placerita Canyon, Seth Rogen and crew will filming the Paramount Pictures movie "My Mother's Curse."
-- Richard Verrier