How the pandemic hit TV production in California


California remains the top location for TV productions across the industry, but the COVID-19 pandemic has severely disrupted the new shows pipeline, according to a new report.

The state has remained the most prolific of major production centers, hosting 97 projects in the 2021 cycle, which ended on May 31, according to an annual survey of the television industry by FilmLA, the non-profit group. lucrative who coordinates filming authorizations for the region.

However, the pandemic interrupted or scuttled some programs that were not renewed, resulting in a continuing shortage of programs, the report concluded.

“Production is back, but the production pipeline deadlock remains for now,” the report said.

The health crisis interrupted approximately 198 US-based English-language television series between mid-March and mid-June 2020. In total, 331 series were available to view in 2021, down 26.8% from to the previous year, according to the report.

Signs of recovery emerged in the second quarter, when television drama production reached pre-pandemic levels, with a total of 1,501 filming days, up 120.7% from a quarterly average on five years.

Spurred on by state tax incentives, California remained the number one country on all television platforms (cable, streaming, and broadcast), followed by New York, Georgia and British Columbia.

The state – home to shows like Netflix’s “Lucifer” and “13 Reasons Why” – accounted for 27% of all streaming shows nationwide, with 41 productions. It was well ahead of Georgia and New York, who placed second and third, respectively.

Of the top three filming destinations, however, California experienced the largest year-over-year decline. The state’s total of 97 series in 2021 was down 39% from the previous year. New York fell 32%, with 41 series. Georgia is tied with British Columbia, which each drew 39 shows. British Columbia fell 19%, while Georgia was unchanged from the previous year.

One explanation was that the State of Peach resumed filming earlier than many other states. The crisis halted production in Georgia for just two months in the spring of 2020, compared to three months for Los Angeles and most other film centers.

Amid the upheavals, streaming remained a major form of television viewing.

There were 177 shows on streaming platforms from mid-2019 to mid-2020, exceeding for the first time both the number of shows on cable (164) and shows broadcast (111). The trend continued in the 2021 cycle, which produced 145 streaming shows, 103 cable shows and 83 broadcast programs.

Between 2011 and 2021, the number of streaming shows grew at an average annual rate of 35.4%. This has been compared to 2.2% for aired series; The production of cable shows actually fell by an annual rate of 1.8%, according to the report.

During the last decade, the number of programs broadcast has increased from 34% of the series available in 2011 to 24% in 2021; wired series saw an even more marked drop, from 63% to 33%. Streaming platforms saw their share of series increase to 43% in 2021, compared to just 3% in 2011.

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