“To date, with the closure expected to extend far into the second quarter, FilmLA analysts predict that local losses on the day of filming are already sunk for the year,” said a report released Thursday by the organization on site .
Even with years of the state’s now dynamic tax credits, the area of L.A. country shrank 18% in the first quarter of this year compared to the same period last year. Then, in this clearly disturbed landscape, the hit and the production of COVID-19 stopped in mid-March on the stages and the decorations of the region while the studios and the networks moved to limit the contagion. – a collapse of the solar plexus of an industry which has experienced fairly constant growth over much of the past few years, in particular thanks to the boom in streaming services.
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“As we are already well into Q2 with a 100% drop in production, and with this situation which will probably not change until June, if so, we expect that no matter when production returns to Los Angeles in 2020 and at what level, the whole year end up in the red, “notes Philip Sokoloski, director of Film LA Communications Deadline in the most direct terms.
Figures released today by the Department of Labor that 4.4 million more people have taken unemployment benefits due to a largely closed economy under widespread home stay orders have now put these people unemployed at 16% or 26.5 million – a figure unknown in America since the Great Depression of the 1930s.
Unlike the era of Gold seekers of 1933, Hollywood took a bloody blow in this health and economic crisis. Production is closed, like almost all theaters, which were full during the Great Depression.
While an industry splash like writers and some post-production workers still work remotely, mass layoffs, work stoppages, big pay cuts and corporate leaves have left thousands of people faced at very difficult times. The stress for workers in Tinseltown is compounded by the fact that the Golden State’s job development department has been overwhelmed and many are unable to even apply for unemployment insurance, let alone receive a check more than a month after the end of production on television and film projects.
“FilmLA partners with all of Los Angeles to prioritize the health and well-being of our communities during this unprecedented challenge,” said licensing agency president Paul. Audley, in his first quarter report. “Our concern also extends to the economic security of local families, including nearly one in five Angelenos linked to this business and the thousands of small businesses they support. Our thoughts are with all of them most closely and seriously affected – whatever the circumstances. “
With television having the greatest success before the outlet was completely cut on March 20, with the city and county of LA putting in place safer measures at home to smooth the curve of new cases of coronavirus, the region was already fell to 7,252 days of shooting overall from the start of the year to last month. This is compared to 8843 SD in Q1 2019. with small screen productions down 20.6%.
Overall, film production remained relatively stable until the mass closure, with a drop of only 6.1% at the start of this year, unlike Q1 2019.
In a region where television production represents around 75% of filming on sound stages, television comedy cratered 53.9% in the first quarter of 2020 compared to the first quarter of 2019, TV Drama slipped by 25.7% and TV pilots in decline fell 13/1%. It should be noted that in this era of direct serial control, the pilot season generally starts in mid-February, so the COVID-19 situation put an end to the process soon enough. On the other hand, reality TV production increased 11.9%, says FILMLA, focusing on the flow of new online streamers this year preparing plans for their respective launches.
As the state, county and city brainstorm on how the media economy and industry could reopen in the coming weeks, the medical numbers seem startling. According to data yesterday for the L.A. County Public Health Unit, there are 16,435 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the region with 729 official deaths.