The agency, which released the report on Wednesday, credited the California Film & Television Tax Credit Program for the gain. It said the incentive program — which provides a 20% tax credit — contributed 133 filming days or 11.3% for the quarter with “Ad Astra,” “Backseat,” “Book Club,” and “Bright” shooting in L.A.
The gain in features was not enough to hold off a 3.5% decline in overall on-location filming in L.A. to 9,455 shoot day — thanks to a 20.4% decline in reality TV shoots to 1,068 shoot days as the category continues to be crowded out by a shift to scripted content.
Commercial production rose 7.2% to 1,335 shoot days and TV drama production increased 4.1% to 1,231 days — the first quarterly increase seen this year. Incentivized TV dramas filming in L.A. were “Code Black,” “American Horror Story: Cult,” “Heathers,” “Law