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LA County film shoots stall; fewer tax credits for producers

The number of permits pulled for on-location filming in Los Angeles County rose just a hair between July and September. Fewer tax credits were available to producers.

The non-profit Film L.A. coordinates the permits for feature films, television shows and commercials shot in Los Angeles. It counted 9,713 permitted production days in the third quarter, just 33 more than the same period last year.

Feature film sets fell more than 6.5 percent. Film L.A. had expected that because the California Film and TV Tax Credit Program had half the credits available this year that it did last year.

Television locations dropped even more. Dramas fell off a third and pilots dropped more than 50 percent. The gains were in reality TV and sitcoms. The production of commercials also increased.