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11 Projects Selected for California’s Expanded Film and TV Tax Credit Program


The California Film Commission announced that 11 projects have been selected to receive tax credits under the second TV-specific allocation of the state’s expanded Film and Television Tax Credit Program.

The application period was held Nov. 30-Dec. 6, and drew 32 applications vying for $42 million in tax credit allocation.

The 11 approved projects include five existing TV series, two new series, one MOW, two pilots and one relocating series.

The ABC series Mistresses, which was recently renewed for a fourth season, will relocate from Vancouver to California for its fourth season.

California Film Commission executive director Amy Lemisch noted that there are now four relocated TV series participating in California’s tax credit program, including Veep which moved from Maryland, Secrets and Lies from North Carolina and American Horror Story from Louisiana.

“We can’t wait to bring the Mistresses series back to California where we have access to the best crews, the best talent and the best of everything we need,” said Disney senior VP of production Gary French. “Our goal is to get superior production and financial value for our investment, and we can get both here at home.”

The California Film Commission estimates that the 11 approved projects will generate $254 million in direct in-state spending, including $103 million in wages for below-the-line crew members.

“The expanded tax credit program is working exactly as intended,” said Lemisch. “It’s making California more competitive for high-impact TV projects that provide long-term jobs for cast and crew members, while boosting spending at support vendors and service providers.”

Projects are selected based on their jobs ratio score, which ranks each project by wages paid to below-the-line workers, qualified spending (vendors, equipment, etc.) and other criteria.

The next application period, targeting feature films and independent projects, is scheduled for Jan. 11-24.

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