New York Legislators Approve Groundbreaking TV Diversity Tax Credit

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New York’s state Assembly and Senate have passed a bill backed by the DGA and WGA East that would create a tax incentive program for TV shows that hire women and people of color in top writing and directing positions.

The bill will now head to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to sign. Cuomo has been a strong supporter of New York’s entertainment community and tax incentive programs to grow the volume of production in the Empire State. The next big hurdle will be getting $5 million set aside in the state’s budget to fund the credit.

WGA East and DGA leaders hailed state Senator Marisol Alcantara and Assemblyman Marcos Crespo for guiding the bill through their respective chambers. The bill is the first of its kind in the nation in linking a tax incentive to a diversity hiring program.

“People in the TV industry have understood for years that enhancing the diversity of writing and directing improves the stories that appear on screen,” said Lowell Peterson, executive director of the Writers Guild of America, East. “The missing link for policymakers has been putting money at the point of hire, and this legislation is an important step in that direction.”

Neil Dudich, Eastern exec director of the DGA, said the bill was an effort to address the persistence of “imbalanced hiring practices” in TV. Despite the enormous growth of series in production, DGA and WGA stats still show a relatively low rate of participation in high-level TV production jobs by women and minorities.

“By encouraging studios, networks and producers to discover the talented New York TV directors and writers that are out there in abundance, this bill can be a meaningful step forward in establishing a level playing field for all,” Dudich said.

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  1. Dan Roth says:

    This is not racist. This is way beyond racist. This is buying votes with public money so a certain political party can stay in power. Take note that even according to its own members this party has nothing going for it. Giving away money for votes takes very little intelligence. It just takes brass to steal in public.

  2. Rex the Wonder Dog says:

    LOL at all the trump snowflakes freaking out because people in a state that overwhelmingly rejected trump are going against their racist champion and providing a chance to people that had been marginalized in the past.

  3. Kaboom! says:

    New York’s state Assembly and Senate……where approved racism is ok and taxfree! What New York really needs is an enema!!

  4. Calpurnia says:

    Groundbreaking? You mean embarrassing…. I can’t wait to leave this State once I can retire…..

  5. Weary says:

    Yet another great reason to avoid NY at all costs.

  6. Michael Hsu says:

    If you are talentless or just lazy, the legislature will always help you – with tax credits or welfare checks.

    Eventually, these tax credits will be expanded to include other segments of society (such as the social deviants who claim to be discriminated against by society). You can imagine all the gay characters being added to tv shows and movies just because of some left-wing legislature’s tax incentives…

  7. George Lewis says:

    Nonsense

  8. “establishing a level playing field for all”
    By paying money to someone, to hire people based on gender and color?
    This is beyond absurd, or more like racist!

  9. Allan Falk says:

    so they get money to chose color and gender over talent? great, can´t wait for TV shows to get even dumber………actually sounds like bribing

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