Some encouraging news for California film workers! On May 13, Assembly Bill 1839 (AB1839) was approved unanimously by the Assembly Revenue and Tax Committee. As we’ve explained previously, the bill would extend and expand the California Film & Television Tax Credit Program, which is already a proven job creator.
Assembly member Mike Gatto explained the need for the expansion and extension of the motion picture and television production incentive, describing the loss of jobs to other states and emphasizing the need to act now.
More than 40 individuals, representing many of the IATSE local unions, Teamsters, SAG-AFTRA, the Musicians, Directors Guild, Chambers of Commerce, local Film Liaisons, many California cities, production companies, LAUSD, UTLA, the Firefighters, and the State Federation of Labor spoke in support of the bill. Many told very personal stories of losing work because of productions leaving the state as well as the hardship suffered in leaving their families to take a job outside of California.
Committee chair and principal co-author Raul Bocanegra (along with Mr. Gatto) thanked the supporters and pointed to the thousands of letters the Committee received in support of bringing more production jobs to California. The bill will next be considered by the Assembly Appropriations Committee. Expect a follow up from Film Works soon about when and where to send new letters of support.