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LA on-location filming down for 1st quarter

A film crew is shown in this undated file photo.

April 4, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
On-location filming around Los Angeles is down for the first three months of the year.

According to Film L.A., a nonprofit organization that coordinates permits for on-location shooting, location filming was down just over 2 percent.

Most of that drop was attributed to TV production leaving the area. On-location TV shoots were down 9 percent from 4,701 permit days in the 2011 first quarter to 4,277 this year.

TV dramas, reality shows and pilots all declined by double digits. However, sitcoms were up by a sharp 23.3 percent. This is largely due to a spike in the number of single-camera comedy series, said Film L.A.

Film LA says tax incentives from other states are enticing TV producers to film elsewhere.

Feature-length film shoots were up 15.8 percent during what is usually a slower part of the year. Also, commercial shoots were up by 10.8 percent over last year.

City News Service contributed to this report.