The impending threat of a strike resulted in a rush to production of several TV and film shoots, curbing an anticipated drop in location shoots for 2007.
From The Hollywood Reporter:
On-location filming in Los Angeles fell 1% in 2007, but if not for the writers strike and the threat of further labor unrest this year, that decline could have been even steeper.
And Mark Lacter of LA Biz Observed writes that a recent unemployment report reflects no impact by the strike:
In fact, the entertainment industry category actually increased by 800 jobs from November (and by 4,100 jobs from a year earlier).
Lacter also scoffs at the notion that Los Angeles is an “industry town” in regards to entertainment, citing an analogy that if a meteor wiped out film and TV makers here, the city would be just fine.
This theory is seriously flawed, as people flock to Los Angeles from all over the world to work in entertainment. Whether these people become successful or not, many stay and take up other occupations.
Lacter’s theory also discounts the tourism the entertainment industry attracts, as well as the old (and new) money that goes to everyone working in service jobs employed by studio employees, actors, etc.
On the flip side, I think anyone would be blind to believe that the entertainment industry is reliant on Los Angeles. Between the ease of telecommuting, and digital filmmaking and distribution, the need for L.A. to be a hub and production center is eroding. So whether or not Lacter is right, Los Angeles needs to begin preparing to become less dependent on the entertainment biz.