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L.A.-area film production rises 15% in third quarter

October 05, 2011

Amid a spate of gloomy reports about the state of the national economy, Hollywood offered some bright news this week: Local production activity rebounded sharply in the third quarter.

Overall shoots for on-location filming in Los Angeles and unincorporated areas of L.A. County jumped 15% in the three-month period ending Sept. 30, compared with the same time a year ago, according to FilmL.A. Inc., the nonprofit group that processes film permits.

The figures -– which reflect filming on streets and non-certified sound stages -– mark a turnaround from the second quarter, when production activity was virtually flat.

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Fueling the increase was a surge in feature-film shoots, which generated 2,079 production days, up a whopping 50% from the third quarter of 2010.

FilmL.A. officials attributed the swell in part to California's film tax credit, which allocated another $100 million in July to about 30 new projects.

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