Hollywood falling behind UK, other rivals as film production hub

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With Hollywood rivals posting huge growth, Los Angeles seems to be fading as a destination for wide film production.


You might not believe it, given the prevalence of Los Angeles on movie screens, but Hollywood is in danger of being permanently eclipsed by its film production rivals, according to a new report. While there are plenty of major studio films that shoot in California, their wide visibility is masking stalling growth in the sector with Hollywood being outstripped by other film production hubs such as Georgia or the UK.

The report originates from FilmLA (via Deadline) and claims that while Georgia and the UK’s screen industries regularly post explosive annual growth that can be anywhere between 50 to 200 percent, Los Angeles isn’t keeping up. Between 2021 and 2022, the region’s growth in the filmed entertainment sector was just one percent. The global pandemic likely played a role there, but average growth in the sector was four times that, with some regions (such as the UK) posting significantly higher figures.

According to the report, the greater Los Angeles area is still the top location in the US to film scripted films and TV programmes, but it is in danger of losing that crown as its growth slows amid fierce competition from its rivals. “Substantial production support infrastructure and strong production tax incentives” are said to be the twin stimulants drawing screen productions away from LA and towards other production hubs.

Whether the report will lead to any significant change we’ll have to see, but we’re approaching a point were the ‘home of movies’ may become an honorary title rather than a practical one.

Read more: UK on track to double film production space by 2025

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