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The 11 TV Shows Selected for California Film Tax Credits

The fourth season of Dwayne Johnson’s Ballers, Ridley Scott’s new series Strange Angel, Fox’s Orville season 2, and eight other shows have been selected for a total of $69 million in California film tax credits.

The projects were announced earlier this week by the state film commission in the latest round of their Film & TV Tax Credit program. The 11 projects are expected to spend $339 million in qualified expenditures and will employ nearly 1,500 cast members and more than 2,200 crew.

“Television drives much of the industry’s long-term employment and economic activity, so we’re gratified to see the tax credit program help keep so much TV production here at home,” said California Film Commission executive director Amy Lemisch. “Tens of thousands of cast and crew members, as well as support service vendors, are working in California on TV projects thanks to the expanded tax credit program.”

Amy Lemisch also pointed towards data released on November 30th by FilmL.A., which showed that soundstage in its area has an average occupancy rate of 96% with nearly 75% utilization attributed to scripted TV series. The other conditionally approved TV projects include three pilots including Euphoria, Harmony, and Less Than Zero. Three other recurring series SWAT, Shooter and The Orville, which already had the tax credit program, have been renewed for another season of in-state production.

The Film & TV Tax Credit program has awarded 52 TV projects since 2015. As Variety points out, The 2015-16marked a major expansion for the tax credit program, aimed at halting the erosion of California-based production to states with bigger incentives, such as Georgia and New York.

The annual allocation rose from $100 million to $330 million, and applications are ranked on how many jobs they will produce, rather being based on a lottery.

The program will last five years and will award $1.55 billion in tax credits. The credit is set at 20%, but producers are eligible for an additional 5% “uplift” if they shoot outside the L.A. zone, commit to music scoring or music track recording in the state, or to do visual effects in California.

Here’s the full list of conditionally approved projects

  1. Ballers Season 4
  2. Euphoria
  3. Harmony
  4. Less Than Zero
  5. S.W.A.T.
  6. Shooter Season 3
  7. Strang Angel
  8. The Orville
  9. The Rookie
  10. Untitled Peacock Project
  11. Untitled Old Story Pictures Project
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