FilmLA reports how the COVID pandemic affected the 2021 TV broadcast cycle


LOS ANGELES (CNS) – FilmLA, the non-profit agency that coordinates permits in the Los Angeles area, today announced that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the number of television shows script airing in the 2021 cycle hit its lowest level in six years, though California remained the primary production hub.

The 2021 cycle runs from June 1, 2020 to May 31, 2021. The cycle had 331 television shows broadcast, up from 452 the previous year. This was the lowest since 2013-2014, when 329 projects were released.

FilmLA attributed the 26.8% drop to the shutdown of COVID-19 and sporadic production restarts. However, in the second quarter of 2021, TV production in Los Angeles reached pre-pandemic levels.

Despite the decline in projects, California remained the primary production center followed by FilmLA, hosting 97 projects in the 2021 cycle.

Other major production centers were shot in New York; Georgia; and British Columbia, Canada.

During the 2021 cycle, 145 shows broadcast on streaming platforms, 103 broadcast on cable and 83 broadcast on broadcast networks.

FilmLA said the average number of series released on streaming platforms has grown at an average annual rate of 35.4%, compared to just 2.2% for series released. Cable production declined at an annual rate of 1.8%.

California hosted the most projects across all categories, with 36 broadcast shows, 20 cable shows, and 41 streaming shows.

However, while California hosted the most shows, it also experienced the biggest year-over-year decline among the top three filming destinations.

In 2021, California hosted 39% fewer emissions, from 159 to 97 series. New York saw a 31.7% drop in playoffs and Georgia was flat at 39 shows.

FilmLA noted that Georgia had an earlier return to production during COVID-19, while production in Los Angeles was halted for an additional month.


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