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‘Scream Queens’ to Relocate to California for State Tax Credits

Production of Fox’s “Scream Queens” will relocate to California, and the new series “Good Girls Revolt,” “Shooter” and “I’m Dying Up Here” will get state tax incentives, as part of the latest round of tax credits awarded by the California Film Commission.

Also receiving credits are season six of FX’s “American Horror Story” and additional episodes of HBO’s “Westworld,” after being awarded incentives in earlier rounds. Three pilots — “Bunker Hill,” “Citizen” and “Four Stars” — will receive credits.

The commission announced the latest round of credits on Wednesday; 21 TV projects vied for $37.6 million in credits, and nine projects were picked. This was the fifth and final application round this fiscal year, which ends June 30.

Scream Queens” filmed its first season in New Orleans, and will begin production in California in July. It is the second series from Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk to relocate to the state, after “American Horror Story” moved back to California for the current season.

The California Film Commission said that the nine approved projects will generate an estimated $313 million in direct spending, including $121 million in wages to below-the-line crew members.

The pilot for Amazon’s “Good Girls Revolt,” produced by Mesquite Prods., was shot in New York, while the pilot for USA Network’s “Shooter,” from Paramount Television, was shot in Vancouver.

Amy Lemisch, executive director of the film commission, said that five series have relocated to California under the expanded incentive program that went into effect almost a year ago. The state more than tripled the annual outlay for the program, to $330 million.

Projects are selected based on a jobs ratio score that weighs the amount that a production will spend on below-the-line wages and spending on equipment and vendors.

“Our success in helping five existing TV series relocate to California in less that a year illustrates the success we’re achieving with the expanded tax credit program,” she said.

The commission said that, by the end of this fiscal year, the expanded program is on track to generate $1.7 billion in direct in-state spending, including $659 million in below-the-line wages. The commission expects an even greater boost in the 2016-17 fiscal year, when the amount available for projects increases to the full $330 million. The current year allocation was $230 million, as $100 million was directed to the previous version of the tax credit program, in which applicants competed for incentives by lottery.

The application period for the next fiscal year will be held on May 20-27 for TV projects, and June 27-July 8 for independent and non-independent feature films.

The allocations for each project: “American Horror Story,” $9.3 million; “Scream Queens,” $9.2 million; “Good Girls Revolt,” $5.2 million; “Shooter,” $4.1 million; “Westworld,” $4 million; “I’m Dying Up Here,” $2.2 million; “Citizen,” $1.5 million; “Four Stars,” $1.1 million; “Bunker Hill,” $991,000.


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