Hollywood abandons Hollywood in search of lower production costs

Los Angeles, May 6 (EFE).- The flight of film productions from Los Angeles to cities like Atlanta, New Orleans and Vancouver, much more flexible in terms of taxes and more generous in granting financing, is a trend that candidates running for mayor of the Southern California city will try to turn around.

Film production has shrunk by 60 percent in Los Angeles over the past 15 years, while the shooting of pilots for television shows has dwindled 31 percent in the last five years alone, according to figures provided by FilmL.A., the company that awards permits for filming in the City of Angels.

"We don't shoot movies in Los Angeles anymore," David Zucker, producer of the fifth episode of the comedy saga "Scary Movie" told Efe.

"We did the last sequels in Vancouver and Atlanta. Finances rule," Zucker said.

Los Angeles used to be the place where Hollywood filmed series and movies whose stories took place anywhere else in the world, like New York ("I Love Lucy" and "Friends"), Miami ("Golden Girls") and the Deep South ("Gone With the Wind").

Now even those set in Los Angeles are filmed elsewhere - "Battle: Los Angeles" was shot in Louisiana.

The movie industry creates 190,000 jobs and pays out $17 billion in wages in California.

Between 1997 and 2010, however, the state lost 36,000 jobs related to film productions that went to other cities and even other countries, such as Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Britain, where the financial incentives were more attractive.