Walking Dead producer calls for better California filming incentives
Gale Anne Hurd, currently the producer of hit zombie TV drama The Walking Dead, has called for better location filming incentives in California. In an interview with The LA Times, she revealed she hasn't filmed in California for nearly a decade because of more generous filming incentives elsewhere.
She told the outlet: "As much as I would like to sleep in my own bed at night and employ many of the incredibly talented California-based crew members, I have filmed instead in Georgia, Toronto and Detroit, and many other [places] with much higher incentives.
"With a competitive tax credit, California can reclaim its position as the entertainment capital of the world. Currently, our tax credit is not on par with those of New York, Georgia, North Carolina and New Mexico, among others."
Hurd added that doubling the existing annual California tax credit allocation to USD200 million would be necessary to help the state compete with New York. California saw an exodus of TV shows to the East Coast in 2011 when its TV tax credit was extended for only 12 months
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