Filming in Los Angeles Declines 8 Percent in November

Labor News, Industry News

Reprinted from The Hollywood Reporter by Bryn Sandberg on December 8, 2020.

Filming in Los Angeles has declined for the first time since the industry got the greenlight to film again amid the pandemic.

According to FilmLA, month-over-month permit volume decreased in November, with application intake dropping nearly 8 percent, to 813 permits from 880 in October.

Analysts point to the 2020 election, the Thanksgiving holiday and the COVID-19 pandemic as reasons for the slowdown. FilmLA’s daily intake is now averaging around 39 new applications per business day.

Over the 24 weeks since L.A. County opened back up to on-location filming in June, FilmLA has received approximately 3,552 film permit applications spanning 2,514 unique projects. …

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