Location shooting in LA dips to lowest on record

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A new report says location shooting of movies and television commercials in Los Angeles dropped in the first three months of this year to the lowest level in records dating back 16 years.

A report released Tuesday by the film contractor FilmL.A. said the city had 903 feature film production days logged from Jan. 1 to March 31, down 56 percent a year earlier. The previous low was 1,051 days in the last quarter of 2008. The organization's records go back to 1993.

A dozen-year decline of shooting in the city has accelerated due to recent economic troubles and increased incentives from outside California.

Financial trouble in other sectors, including the auto industry and banking, both of which often shoot commercials in Los Angeles, shares the blame for the downturn.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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