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  • Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014
North Carolina establishes film production grant program
Gov. Pat McCory.

Governor Pat McCory has signed Senate Bill 744 which creates a film production grant program in North Carolina, effective January 1, 2015. Highlights of the program are as follows (info from Cast & Crew Entertainment Services, LLC):

--Establishes a grant of up to 25% on qualifying production expenditures;

--Requires a minimum spend of $5 million for feature films or $250,000 for TV series or commercials;

--Establishes a per project cap of $5 million for feature films and TV series or $250,000 for commercials;

--Establishes a cap of $10 million for the program;

--Qualifies the first $1 million of each individual’s salary or wages;

--Requires a CPA audit;

--Requires a project to provide screen credit to North Carolina in the form of a statement, logo and acknowledgment; and,

--Gives priority to productions that are reasonably anticipated to maximize the benefit to North Carolina.

  • Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014
Rep. Chu calls on Gov. Brown to approve Film and TV Tax Credit
Congresswoman Judy Chu
PASADENA, Calif. -- 

Congresswoman Judy Chu (Calif. District 27) sent a bipartisan letter to Governor Jerry Brown urging him to approve AB 1839, the California Film and Television Job Retention Promotion Act. The Act would expand tax credits on film and television production, bringing revenue and jobs back to the state. Rep. Chu released the following statement:

“When I talk to the people in my district, I hear stories from the craftsmen and women who have to leave their families for months at a time to follow film and TV productions out of state. Others are left struggling and out of work. This industry is part of California’s heritage, but because we have failed to compete with the more aggressive tax incentives in other states, we have lost almost $2 billion and tens of thousands of jobs. We know the tax incentive program works and it is great to see that we now have a number of $400 million.”

Rep. Chu’s letter to Gov. Brown was signed by 35 other members of the California delegation.

  • Friday, Jul. 25, 2014
California Picks 26
Being Mary Jane

The California Lottery isn’t the only lotto game in town. Nearly 500 projects applied last month to be considered for $100 million in state film tax credits. Of those applicants, there were but 26 winners--11 feature films, two made-for-TV movies and 13 television series.

While legislation is in the works which could expand the scope and number of productions that could tap into California’s incentives program, for now most of the applicants are on the outside looking in. This year’s 497 project applications represented a 30% increase over the entries tally in 2013.

Those qualifying for the incentives, though, have collectively yielded promising results. This is the sixth year the tax credits have been in effect, resulting in $5.39 billion in direct spending in California, including $1.7 billion in below-the-line wages, according to estimates from the California Film Commission (CFC), which administers the program. California offers tax credits of 20 to 25 percent toward qualified production expenditures such as the cost of set building, certain equipment and crew member salaries.

This year, the biggest tax credits awarded were to TV series: $11.5 million to Teen Wolf on MTV, $8.9 million to Rizzoli and Isles on TNT, and $8.4 million to Pretty Little Liars on ABC Family.

BET’s series Being Mary Jane, slated for its third year, garnered an estimated $5.2 million credit. This will enable the show to relocate its production headquarters from Atlanta to Los Angeles. T

Among the other TV series selected for California’s incentives this time around were: Sony Pictures Television’s Franklin & Bash, a show on TNT; Warner Bros. Television’s Major Crimes, also on TNT; Sony Pictures TV’s Justified, an FX show; FTP Productions’ Perception, another TNT program; and Turner North Center Productions’ Murder In The First on TNT.

Planned feature films included a Scarface reboot from Universal Pictures, and All Summer Long--A Beach Boys Musical from 20th Century Fox.

The 26 projects selected are expected to generate $802 million in direct spending in California, including $230 million in wages for below-the-line crew members. “California’s tax credit program has proven to be our most effective economic development tool for retaining and attracting production jobs, spending and tax revenues,” stated Amy Lemisch, executive director of the CFC.

  • Friday, Jul. 25, 2014
Deliver Us From Evil Delivers For NY

Filming for the movie Deliver Us From Evil was a financial boon for New York State. Lensing began on June 23, 2013, with 34 days spent filming on Long Island and in NYC. According to Sony Screen Gems, the production hired more than 700 cast and crew members and 420 extras, and provided a big boost to local vendors during filming, spending more than $1 million at area businesses for a variety of services, including catering and site fees while spending  nearly $400,000 on hotel rooms alone. Some $7 million in wages were paid to NY residents. $525,000 in taxes were generated for NY State.  In total, Deliver Us From Evil spent more than $19 million during production throughout NY State.

Kenneth Adams, president, CEO and commissioner of Empire State Development, said, “The New York State Film Production Tax Credit Program is attracting a growing number of productions to the Empire State, and movies like Deliver Us From Evil create hundreds of jobs, boost local businesses and generate revenue for our local communities.”

“Filming in New York fulfilled every one of our expectations,” said Jerry Bruckheimer, producer of Deliver Us From Evil. “New York provided a great base with its expert, talented and incredibly hard-working crews, a pool of fine local actors, and some of the most interesting and atmospheric locations imaginable. We also received tremendous assistance from the city and state authorities.”

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