California Film Tax Credit Brings Jobs Back

SACRAMENTO – The California Film Commission announced it selected 11 television productions to receive $82.8 million from the first round of California's Film and Television Tax Credit program incentives. Assemblyman Scott Wilk, R-Santa Clarita, was a principal co-author and strong champion for the expansion and extension of the film tax credit.

“This is great news for our state and especially for families who are affected by runaway film productions,” Wilk said. “The success of the California Film Tax Credit program will help keep California competitive in the entertainment world.”

These 11 television productions are estimated to generate $216 million in wages for production crew members and $544 million in direct in-state spending.

Hit television shows such as “American Horror Story” and “Veep” are currently filming in other states and thanks to the film tax credit program, they will be relocating back to California.

AB 1839, the California Film and Television Job Retention and Promotion Act was passed in 2014 and the deal included increasing the tax credit to $330 million a year for five years beginning with fiscal year 2015-16 and replaces the current lottery system with a more competitive and accountable system.