The Film & Television Tax Credit

Helping California Compete

California’s film industry is a state treasure. Not only are its products one of America’s most marketable exports, the industry is a worldwide cultural touchstone, a small business incubator, and a magnet for state tourism. Combined, the industry supports more than 190,000 direct jobs and $17 billion in wages in California.

In late 2014, California Governor, Jerry Brown, signed a $1.6 billion jobs bill – AB 1839 (Gatto/Bocanegra) – into law to upgrade the state’s Film & Television Tax Credit. Leveling the playing field and helping the state compete, it sent a signal to filmmakers worldwide that California means show business.

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Case Study: Rosewood

Television shows like Dexter, CSI Miami and Nip/Tuck all have two things in common: they were fictionally set in Miami, but filmed in Los Angeles and Orange County. This year, Fox’s new show Rosewood [...]

Case Study: Code Black

The new CBS series Code Black is a heart-pounding medical drama that takes place in the busiest, most notorious E.R. in the nation, where the staggering influx of patients can outweigh the limited resources available [...]

Commercial Production Spending Increases in California

In late September, the Association of Independent Commercial Producers (AICP) released its thirteenth Annual Survey of the Commercial Production Industry.  The Los Angeles based market research consulting firm Bovitz prepared the report, which measures industry [...]

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