UPDATE: City Of LA Suing Time Warner Cable For Millions In Franchise Fees

By | Friday March 14, 2014 @ 11:54am PDT

DEADLINE_LEGAL_patten_100UPDATE, 11:54 AM: Time Warner Cable has responded to the suit: “As a major job creator, tax contributor and service provider in the City of Los Angeles, Time Warner Cable is an active and responsible corporate citizen in the … Read More »

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Pilot Locations 2014: New York Production Rises, Los Angeles Plummets,Texas Hot

By | Tuesday March 4, 2014 @ 4:20pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

FilmLightingEquipmentLowerBroadwayNYC060709While California Gov. Jerry Brown is still “not committed” to expanding the state’s film and TV tax credit, Los Angeles is seeing another drop in broadcast pilot production to what appears to be an all-time low. Meanwhile, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has been doing photo ops with Disney and Marvel execs to celebrate their commitment to film some 60 episodes of Marvel’s four Netflix series and a miniseries in the Big Apple. And now New York, which also lured The Tonight Show franchise away from Los Angeles, has more reasons to celebrate after another very strong pilot performance, returning this year to the top as the most popular drama location and reinforcing its strong position in comedy.

Marvel New YorkA record 15 broadcast pilots will be filming in New York this year, including 10 — almost a third — of the 34 drama pilot/direct-to-series projects filming within the regular cycle that have set their locations (two remain TBD). That is up from 13 total and eight dramas last year and just shy of the city’s all-time drama record of 11 in 2012. (Keep in mind that the number of NY-based was zero just four years ago, before the state implemented its aggressive tax break program.) New York is chipping away at Los Angeles’ comedy dominance. LA used to own the comedy space, with virtually every pilot filming here. Just two years ago, it housed 100% of the broadcast comedy pilots. The percentage dropped to 89% last year and is at 85% (39 out of 46) this season. New York made a big move in the arena in 2013 after seven years of no major broadcast comedy pilot presence there. A whopping five broadcast half-hour pilots were filmed in the city last year, including straight-to-series The Michael J. Fox Show. Proving that that wasn’t a fluke, New York matched its comedy haul this year with another five pilots, including NBC’s straight-to-series Tooken. Like last year, all five are single-camera. What’s more, a hybrid comedy, How I Met Your Dad, which is filming the pilot in Los Angeles, will move to New York if it goes to pilot. In most cases, the NY location is talent-driven (Irreversible star David Schwimmer, Dead Boss‘ Jane Krakowski, How I Met Your Dad star Greta Gerwig, Lowell and Gaffigan are all based in NY). But studios wouldn’t have been as open to setting shop in New York had the tax incentives not been strong enough to rein in production costs on comedies, especially the expensive single-camera format, which are still higher than a Los Angeles-based half-hour pilot but not by much. One drawback of comedy series filming in New York has been the shortage of writing talent as broadcast shows have to compete with such cable comedies as Louie and Girls, but with New York-based comedy production appearing to be here to stay, more writing talent may relocate there to support them.

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City Council Passes Measure To Waive Fees On TV Pilots Filmed In Los Angeles

By | Tuesday October 15, 2013 @ 9:32pm PDT

Think Mayor Eric Garcetti‘s going to sign this legislation? Hint: He co-authored it. The LA City Council voted unanimously today to approve the final version of a measure aimed at luring more TV pilots to the city. … Read More »

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Fox Sports Network Launches Effort To Attract Hispanic Viewers In Los Angeles

By | Monday March 19, 2012 @ 11:50am PDT

FOX Sports Networks (FSN) Monday announced that it will launch an unprecedented effort to serve Hispanic sports fans in Los Angeles by producing over 100 games in Spanish this year featuring the Angels, Dodgers, and Clippers.
The productions will include Spanish-language play-by-play, graphics, player interviews, and more.  All video providers in the Los Angeles market will have the opportunity to offer these games to their customers.

The total number of Spanish-language telecasts will grow to more than 150 in year two and will continue to grow in subsequent seasons.  The games that will comprise the telecast schedule this year will be announced in the coming days.

According to Nielsen Media Research, Los Angeles is the largest Hispanic DMA in the U.S., with more than 1.8 million television homes.

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Sunset 5 To Close As Laemmle Exits; Sundance Cinemas To Reopen After Revamp

By | Thursday November 3, 2011 @ 11:17pm PDT

Robert Redford’s Sundance Cinemas will take over the Sunset 5 complex in West Hollywood after Laemmle Theatres was unable to come to terms with the landlord on a new lease. The theater will close at the end of November, the … Read More »

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‘Sons Of Anarchy’ Mayhem Welcome In LA

By | Wednesday November 2, 2011 @ 12:59am PDT

Fans of FX’s Sons of Anarchy who are also subscribers to DirecTV made crystal clear in Deadline comments their feelings about the satcaster threatening to drop FX and other Fox programming November 1 if the two sides failed to reach … Read More »

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LA City Council OKs NFL Stadium Plan

By | Tuesday August 9, 2011 @ 2:17pm PDT

The TV networks with NFL rights have been salivating at the thought of putting a pro football team back in the ultra-lucrative Los Angeles market. Today, the Los Angeles City Council has become their new best friend by voting to … Read More »

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L.A. On-Location Shooting Up (A Bit) In 2Q

By | Tuesday July 5, 2011 @ 3:46pm PDT

On-location filming in Los Angeles grew 1.1% during the second quarter compared with last year, held down in part by a sharp drop in commercials production following a 21-month surge in the category. FilmLA said in its report that TV … Read More »

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New Series Locations Update: NY Has Stellar Year, But LA Gains With Post-Upfront Moves

By | Thursday June 9, 2011 @ 7:01pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

UPDATED: New York killed it this pilot season. Not only did the Big Apple go from zero drama pilots being filmed there last year to nine following the August 2010 vote to extend and expand the state’s Film Production Tax Credit Program, it also attracted some of the strongest pilots. Out of the nine hourlong pilots filmed in New York, eight — NBC’s Smash and Prime Suspect, CBS’ Person of Interest, Unforgettable (formerly Rememberer), A Gifted Man (formerly Untitled Susannah Grant), The 2-2 (formerly Rookies) and Ringer and ABC’s Pan Am — went to series, with Ringer moving to CW. Of the 11 shot in Los Angeles, only two, NBC’s Awake (formerly REM) and ABC’s Scandal, were picked up to series. However, when the dust settled after the upfronts, six newly picked up drama series moved production to Los Angeles, including Ringer and Prime Suspect, giving LA a 8-to-6 edge over New York.

While California’s TV tax credit does not apply to new broadcast series (it does to broadcast series filming elsewhere that want to move to LA, which triggered the upcoming relocation of ABC’s Body of Proof from Providence to LA), uncertainty over the future of such credits in other states, including Texas, probably played a part in some moves to LA, including that of ABC’s Good Christian Belles, whose pilot was shot in Dallas. In all, six new series will film in LA after shooting their pilots elsewhere: GCB, ABC’s Revenge and CW’s Hart of Dixie (both moving from North Carolina, where the pilots were filmed), Fox’s Bones spinoff The Finder (from Miami) and Prime Suspect and Ringer (from New York). The reasons for the moves vary from project to project. Both The Finder and Bones are created/exec produced and run by Hart Hanson. To avoid having Hanson shuttling cross-country between LA, where Bones is produced, and Miami, filming of The Finder was brought to Hollywood, giving Hanson better oversight of both shows. Still, because The Finder is set in Miami and the city’s look is an important part of the show, the series’ crew plans several trips to Florida a year, with one day of production on each episode slated to take place in Miami. Read More »

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BAFTA/LA’s Free Film Screenings In Parks

baftalogoLos Angeles, CA, July 21, 2010 – The British Academy of Film and Television Arts/Los Angeles (BAFTA/LA) has teamed up with Warner Bros Pictures and Warner Home Video, The County of Los Angeles Department of Parks and Recreation (Parks After

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Now HBO’s ‘Tilda’ Stops Culver City Traffic

By | Saturday June 5, 2010 @ 6:35pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

tilda3-300x209You know how sometimes you try hard to leave work at home — but it follows you wherever you go? That happened to me when I was driving my girls to gymnastics today.

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What Was Hot At LA Screenings’ TV Week?

By | Friday May 28, 2010 @ 11:51pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Gala0279After the networks tout their new shows to advertisers during upfront week in pursuit of ad dollars, it’s the TV studios’ turn to plug their new series to international buyers in an effort to recoup the deficits on their newly picked-up shows through international sales. The so-called LA Screenings week, which wrapped today, featured showings of the pilots of all new scripted series, often on a big screen at the studios’ movie theaters, as many or sometimes even more series stars than you could see at the upfronts and as good or even better parties too. (Everyone is still talking about the Warner Bros International TV Distribution carnival-themed gala for 1,500 on Tuesday, which featured trapeze artists and fire breathers.) Read More »

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Comic-Con Move From San Diego To Anaheim Or LA? (Hell No! We Won’t Go!)

By | Saturday May 8, 2010 @ 9:26am PDT

comicon1Luke Y Thompson covers the Con for Deadline:

By the time The Simpsons makes a joke about something, you know it’s out there. Last Sunday, when Comic Book Guy was mocked by Lisa for being a fat guy who didn’t conform to the “jolly” … Read More »

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Unemployed ‘Ugly Betty’ Crew Blame Schwarzenegger For Show’s NY Move

It’s always been repugnant to me that, despite his years in Hollywood, Governator Arnold Schwarzenegger has done less than zero to stop runaway production or enact incentives to lure TV shows and films back to California and even Los Angeles. … Read More »

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SAG Town Hall Meetings April 29/30

By | Sunday April 13, 2008 @ 11:12am PDT


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LA Mayor Tells Hollywood Guilds: “We Must Keep This Town Working”

By | Tuesday March 25, 2008 @ 6:18pm PDT

Regarding the entertainment industry negotiations, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa issued the following statement today:

“The recent work stoppage within the entertainment industry cost the Los Angeles economy $2.5 billion and caused personal hardship for thousands of Angelenos. As the national economy continues to weaken, there is little doubt that another

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NBC Insists Golden Globes Are Still A Go

By | Monday December 31, 2007 @ 11:39am PST

globe1.jpgWell, NBC keeps insisting that it won’t cancel the telecast of Hollywood’s most bogus awards show in spite of the certainty there’ll be WGA picketing and some nominated stars staying home in solidarity with the striking writers. The Peacock confirmed today it will air … Read More »

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Weinraub Play To Be Performed In LA

By | Sunday December 23, 2007 @ 6:31pm PST

The Fountain Theatre in Los Angeles will present the West Coast premiere of The Accomplices, the first play written by former New York Times Hollywood correspondent (and my close pal) Bernie Weinraub. Previews begin March 27th, then the play runs April 4th through May 18th. It will also be performed this spring … Read More »

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AMPTP Shuns LA City Council Hearing…

By | Wednesday December 19, 2007 @ 3:53pm PST


The Los Angeles City Council’s Housing, Community, and Economic Development Committee held a hearing on the economic impact of the Writers Guild of America strike on the local and regional economy, but the AMPTP declined to attend. ”We asked them to testify, and they said they … Read More »

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