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"Bad Moms" Comes To Atlanta
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Filming has begun entirely on location in Atlanta, Georgia, on STXfilms’ A Bad Moms Christmas, reuniting the dynamic team that turned out the original feature Bad Moms--writers/directors Jon Lucas and Scott Moore, producer Suzanne Todd, and executive producers Bill Block and Mark Kamine.

Returning as the stars of A Bad Moms Christmas are the triple threat cast of Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, and Kathryn Hahn as Amy, Kiki and Carla. This time around, the bad moms receive a holiday visit from their own mothers, in new roles portrayed by Cheryl Hines (Kiki’s mom), with Christine Baranski (Amy’s mom) and Susan Sarandon (Carla’s mom).

Director of photography Mitchell Amundsen comes aboard to collaborate with returning members of the Bad Moms behind-the-scenes creative team--production designer Marcia Hinds, editor James Thomas, and costume designer Julia Caston.

A Bad Moms Christmas follows our three under-appreciated and over-burdened women as they rebel against the challenges and expectations of the Super Bowl for moms: Christmas.  And if creating a more perfect holidays for their families wasn’t hard enough, they have to do all of that while hosting and entertaining their own mothers.  By the end of the journey, our moms will redefine how to make the holidays special for all and discover a closer relationship with their mothers.

STXfilms will theatrically release A Bad Moms Christmas domestically on November 3, 2017.
 
Q1 Sees Decline In L.A. Location Lensing
On-location filming in Greater L.A.  decreased 2.1 percent in the first quarter of 2017, according to a FilmL.A. report. In all, 9,496 shoot days (SD) were logged during the period, including all categories tracked by the nonprofit. Among all filming categories, on-location feature production suffered the steepest quarterly decline, slipping 36.3 percent to 729 SD. Meanwhile, local production of short-form Web-based TV projects increased 33.7 percent, to 508 SD.

Feature production has been highly variable over the past year, but during the first part of 2017, the category dropped to levels not seen since 2012. FilmL.A. identified several possible explanations for the change, including a reduction in total number of locally made feature projects, and the local unavailability of sound stages.

Incentivized projects, brought to Los Angeles by the California Film & Television Tax Credit Program, contributed 22.3 percent, or 163 count, of the shoot days in the feature category in the first quarter. Eight incentivized features were in production in Greater L.A. in early 2017, vs. five such projects in 2016.

“Feature production levels are proving highly cyclical and difficult to evaluate on a quarter-by-quarter basis,” noted FilmL.A. president Paul Audley. “Last year local feature production hit a seven-year high--so trendspotting in this segment requires a deeper dive.”

On-location television production slipped 0.6 percent overall from January through March, with gains in Web-based television, TV comedy (up 9.2 percent to 608 SD), and TV reality (up 0.9 percent to 1,162 SD), offsetting decreases in TV pilots (down 15.5 percent to 223 SD) and TV dramas (down 8.4 percent to 999 SD). Overall television production is still tracking 10.3 percent ahead of its 5-year average.

Incentivized TV drama projects contributed 30.4 percent, or 304 count, of the total shoot days in that category in Q1. Incentivized TV pilot projects contributed 29 percent, or 64 count, of the total shoot days in that category. 

On-location commercials production slipped 2.6 percent in the first quarter of 2017, to 1,484 SD. The category is tracking 4.7 percent above its 5-year average, and was supported in the first quarter by the local production of spots for Super Bowl LI.