Posted: Thursday, August 4, 2016 – 6:59 PM
Television pilot activity in the Los Angeles area fell 13 percent this year, compared with the previous year’s pilot season, according to a FilmL.A. report released today.
The 79 pilots made in Los Angeles this season, ahead of May advertiser screenings, is down from 91 pilots created in the previous development cycle.
Despite the decline, the economic effect appears to have remained even, with spending on pilots estimated at about $296 million — a less than 1 percent decline from the previous year’s $298 million.
The overall decrease in pilots was made up by an increase in drama pilots, which have bigger budgets than comedy pilots, according to FilmL.A. officials.
Of the 79 pilots made in the Los Angeles area for the latest season, which runs from January through April, 25 were dramas and 54 were comedies, compared with last year’s 21 drama and 70 comedy pilots.
“While we were disappointed to see a decline in local comedy pilot production, recent growth in drama pilot and series production is encouraging from the standpoint of jobs and economic development,” FilmL.A. President Paul Audley said.
Even as Los Angeles continues to yielded its share of the pilot market to other regions, the area is still the clear leader in pilot production. New York and Vancouver, the cities with the next highest number of pilots, logged 28 and 25 pilot productions, respectively.
A total of 201 pilots, one less than the previous year, were made in the 2015-16 development cycle, according to FilmL.A. The report also showed a continued boom in digital pilots, which grew from 26 last year to 38 in the latest development season.