To hear the L.A. media talk about it, porn production in L.A. county is way down. They base this on the number of shooting permits issued by the county going way down. While the number of permits issued may be going down the number of shoots really hasn’t. The truth is many companies, including Digital Playground (from a source within DP) no longer bother with pulling permits to shoot.
I am told a few companies will fire anyone who even tweets about a shoot or its location beforehand, and in some cases after.
According to one source “We aren’t shooting as much as we were say five years ago, but we aren’t shooting any less than we have for the last couple of years, we are just more clandestine about it.”