Thursday, May 30, 2013

Value of TV Pilots to communities and economic development

The average TV pilot production employs about 150 people.

Production costs average about $2 million for comedy pilots; $5.5 million for drama pilots

Presentations, an alternative to full length pilots, cost about 40 percent less.

Not only is it important to make filming and production easy through tax incentives, its critical to have efficient interaction with local communities to acquire permits, approvals and logistics.

One time loss of a pilot production can lead to loss of a promising series.
AFCI (Association of Film Commissioners International) estimated TV production costs daily range from $135,000 to $350,000 a day.

Multi-camera, stage bound comedies cost up to $1.5 million per episode to produce!

Single camera comedies that shoot on location cost slightly more than $2 million per episode.

53 pilots were filmed outside L.A. in 2012

source: FilmLA 2012 Television Pilot Production Report

These numbers alone are enough to suggest that economic development, tourism, chamber of commerce and other community officials should ask yourselves: 

Are we doing everything we can to attract filming to our community?  
Are we really easy to work with?

If the answer is "I'm not sure we are doing all we could", then perhaps it makes sense to chat with us ( to learn the secrets other communities have discovered to helping attract film/TV and other media productions...

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