FilmL.A. Updates Annual Study of Television Pilot Production

Incentive-Fueled Series Relocation Now Among Topics Covered in Report

PR Newswire

LOS ANGELES, July 7, 2015 /PRNewswire/ – FilmL.A., the not-for-profit film office serving the Greater Los Angeles region, today announced the release of a new report prepared by its research division.

FilmL.A.’s 2015 Pilot Production Report provides updated insight from the organization’s decade old tracking effort focused on new television projects and promising series.  This year’s report features expanded analysis of digital pilot production and trends in “straight-to-series” pilot orders and “pilot-to-series” relocation.

FilmL.A.’s official count shows that 202 broadcast, cable and digital pilots (111 Dramas, 91 Comedies) were produced during the 2014-15 development cycle, just one less than the prior year, which was the most productive on record by a large margin.

Out of those 202 pilots, a total of 91 projects (21 Dramas, 70 Comedies) were filmed in the Los Angeles region.  This gave the region a 45 percent share of total pilot production (by project count), but only a 19 percent share for drama pilots.

After L.A., the top competitors for pilot production in 2014-15 were New York (25 pilots), Vancouver (16 pilots), Atlanta (9 pilots), Toronto (9 pilots) and Louisiana (8 pilots). No other location hosted more than five pilots.

FilmL.A.’s 2015 report is the first to include a specific count of digital pilot projects in production.  There were 26 pilots produced for digital networks in 2014-15.  Leading the digital networks was Amazon (with 13 pilots), followed by Netflix (10 pilots), Hulu© (2 pilots) and PlayStation™ Network (1 pilot).  Of the 176 non-digital pilots, 85 were for cable and 91 were for broadcast networks.

“The television business has changed dramatically over the last ten years,” noted FilmL.A. President Paul Audley.  “What hasn’t changed is the ongoing need to bring new pilots and series to California and Greater L.A.”

FilmL.A.’s report closes with a discussion of the importance of episodic series production to the California economy.  FilmL.A. estimates the total annual production spend for all California-made primetime dramas at $2.7 billion.

“Today’s FilmL.A. Pilot Production Report demonstrates the importance of our new California Film Tax Credit, and the dollars and jobs it will bring home to our local economy,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti. “I look forward to accelerated growth in LA’s pilot season next year as the Film Tax credits–which took effect on July 1st–kick in for TV, spurring pilot and new series production while bringing home existing series like Veep and American Horror Story to LA.”

A link to access the full study appears here:

About FilmL.A.
FilmL.A. is a private, not-for-profit community benefit organization and the official film office of the City and County of Los Angeles, among an ever-increasing roster of local municipalities. Providing streamlined permit processing, comprehensive community relations, marketing services, film policy analysis and more to these jurisdictions, FilmL.A. works to attract and retain film production in Greater Los Angeles. Learn more about FilmL.A. at