Selena Gomez’s Netflix series “13 Reasons Why” and TNT’s TV adaptation of “Animal Kingdom” are two of the 11 projects setting up shop in the Golden State as part of the California Film Commission’s TV-specific allocation of the state’s recently expanded Film and Television Tax Credit Program 2.0.
“The expanded tax credit program is working exactly as intended,” said California Film Commission executive director Amy 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.”
The program also will allow for the relocation of ABC summer sudser “Mistresses” back from Vancouver, something of interest as star Alyssa Milano left the series after season two, when plans were announced to move the production north.
“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.”
Other programs include Dan Fogelman and Rick Singer’s female baseball pilot at Fox, Fogelman’s NBC pilot, MTV comedy “Little Darlings”, Syfy’s “Sharknado 4,” and, provided they get renewed for new seasons, CW’s “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” CBS’ “Code Black” and Fox’s “Rosewood.” Although it’s still in the pilot stages, John Singleton’s “Snowfall” for FX Prods. was accepted into the tax program as a series.
In total, the California Film Commission estimates that these TV projects will bring in $254 million in direct in-state spending, including $103 million in wages for below-the-line crew members.
Held Nov. 30 to Dec. 6, this most recent application process drew 32 contenders vying for $42 million in tax credit allocation. Applications were selected based on a “jobs ratio score,” which ranks each project by wages paid to below-the-line workers, qualified spending (vendors, equipment, etc.) and other criteria.
The last round of the state’s tax credit program for TV relocated series “Veep” (from Maryland), “Secrets and Lies” (from North Carolina) and “American Horror Story” (from Louisiana). It also gave credits to upcoming high-profile HBO series “Westworld.” The next application period for California’s expanded tax credit program focuses on feature films and independent projects and is accepting applications from Jan. 11 to 24.