19 Ways that Could Bring the Film Industry Back to L.A.
On-location shoots for advertisements may be on the rise, but filming in Los Angeles has been on the downtrend for some years now, thanks to incentives that lured shoots to Alabama, New York City, Canada and elsewhere. That might be good for complaining neighbors, but it's not for the larger picture that is Los Angeles' economy. "There is no single issue that keeps companies from filming in Los Angeles - instead, it is a death by a thousand cuts, each cut being a policy or practice that makes it harder to film in our City.," said Councilmember Richard Alarcon.
So in an effort to entice the industry at-large back to their home, the L.A. City Council approved 19 measures, for better or for worse, that will hopefully turn things around. None of the measures are immediate, but they include looking at opportunities in tax incentives and breaks, free parking at city facilities, utility nodes throughout downtown (to spare neighbors of generator pollution) and better community relation. The full list, provided by Alarcon's office, is below.