The Los Angeles City Council has made the first formal step toward forming a film commission to prevent movie and television production from leaving the city.
The council voted Tuesday to authorize the chief legislative office to research how such a commission would operate and how it would be financed.
A report is scheduled to be presented to the council's jobs and business development committee on Jan. 12.
The film commission is the latest effort to stem runaway production, which has sent TV and movie work to Canada and overseas. The production of feature films in Los Angeles last year was about half what it was at the peak in 1996.