@MarkHensley - not a lying trope. The article is correct. I’m a producer and relocated to Atlanta, have friends who moved to Nashville, New York, and New Mexico. Sure, LA is still busy but the landscape is growing - which is good for the industry and for better storytelling in general since let’s be honest most stories are constantly urban and we need storytelling that reflects everyone not just big city folks like you and I. Danny McBride is making all those Halloween movies and HBO shows in South Carolina, Tyler Perry keeps things going in Atlanta, and Montana has a healthy western scene going on and Netflix is making a big investment in Jersey. The last mini series I was on we had people working in Miami, Puerto Rico, and LA remotely.
As someone who has been in unscripted and doc branded content for years I can let you know this is the tip of an iceberg. There was a shooter producer who was paralyzed in Ice Road Truckers in 2008 because they kept pushing the hours and he and the driver had a brutal accident during a storm. Because we'd sign our lives away in the crew deals, these situations go largely unreported. I suffered a concussion and seven stitches across my head on a Discovery pilot in Nepal for also running on fumes with a camera on my shoulders and being pushed for more... I could do a whole doc series about this stuff because the stories are endless. The unscripted side has been and will always be an unregulated, largely non-union, pit of over working, verbal abuse, and physical danger. And I'm a guy. Women have the added layers of the myriad of creeps also lurking in positions of power putting them in incredibly uncomfortable positions where they don't feel like they can share until months or years later due to fear of blacklisting. While I feel for my scripted pals they have it easy in contrast to the brutality of unscripted/ non-fiction / reality / doc tv and branded content.