Hunters and The Right Stuff relocate production to California
Amazon Prime war crime drama Hunters and Disney+ historical drama The Right Stuff are the latest TV series that have relocated to California thanks to the Film & Television Tax Credit Programme 3.0 that provides a 25% non-transferable tax credit to relocating television series.
Operating since 2015, the programme has welcomed twenty-two relocating series from other states and nations. Six – including Hunters – have relocated from New York and four have relocated from British Colombia. The Right Stuff is the second series to relocate from Florida, following Ballers in 2016. Together, Hunters and The Right Stuff have qualified for an estimated USD32.million in tax credit allocation.
“It’s great to emerge from the pandemic shutdown with news that two more successful TV series are relocating to California,” said California Film Commission Executive Director Colleen Bell. “Such projects are a primary target for our tax credit program because they bring high-quality jobs and significant in-state spending.”
Projects approved for the tax credits are selected based on their jobs ratio score that ranks each project by wages to below-the-line workers, qualified spending for vendors, equipment and other criteria. Together the two supported series are expected to generate USD125 million in below-the-line wages and other qualified expenditure. A combined 440 member cast, 374 crew members and over six thousand background actors will be used over nearly two hundred days of filming.
The Right Stuff has an 88-day shoot planned in the San Diego area. Encouraging production outside of the LA 30-mile studio zone is another goal of the tax credit programme. To this end, the tax credit programme makes an additional five percent available to non-independent projects that shoot outside the zone. An additional five percent is also available to non-independent projects with qualified expenditure for VFX or music scoring and track recording.
The allocations are the first under the third generation of the California Film and TV Tax Credit which includes new provisions for supported productions including a pilot skills training program to help individuals from underserved communities gain access to career opportunities and requiring projects to have a written policy for addressing unlawful harassment and enhanced reporting of above and below-the-line cast and crew employment diversity data.
Find out more about filming in California at the California Pavilion at FOCUS The Meeting Place for International Production on the 15-17 December. Register for your FREE delegate pass to meet with film agencies, production service companies and location providers from every continent as well as a packed programme of content.
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