Scream Queens, Amazon’s Good Girls Revolt and the next installment of FX’s American Horror Story are today among the latest recipients of California’s lucrative tax credits. The trio were part of the 9 projects that the California Film Commission announced Wednesday (see full list below) will be receiving part of the $37.6 million available to small screen applicants this round.
The Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuck Fox series, which debuted on September 22 last year, filmed its first season in New Orleans but will now be relocating to L.A. for production on Season 2 to start in July. Murphy’s other incentive receiving show AHS, which has been awarded CFC credits before, got the most of any project with $9.288 million. Also, with additional episodes ordered, HBO’s upcoming Westworld was awarded additional $4 million in tax credits on top of the $12 million in incentives it received last June.
The CFC estimates that the conditional projects announced today will generate $313 million in direct in-state spending, with $121 million in wages going to below-the-line crew members.
With 21 total projects applying, the third and most recent round ran from February 15 -22 with all hopefuls submitting digitally as is the norm now under the now non-lottery determined state program. The number of awarded projects were down two from the 11 that were announced last December as recipients of the last TV round. That round saw a total of 32 applications.
After having topped out at $100 million a year from when it was first introduced in 2009, Gov. Jerry Brown greatly expanded the incentive when he signed the now-five-year, $330 million-a-year tax credit program into law in September 2014. Since then, the Golden State has gained traction in its attempt to maintain production in the home of Hollywood and lure shows and pics away from the likes of other states like NY, Georgia and Louisiana.
Having said that, with a low Canadian dollar the past couple of years, the Great White North has seen an explosion of production. Last year was the best year that Vancouver has ever had with features like Deadpool, WBTV shows like Flash and Arrow and the likes of Fox’s The X-Files revival seeing a 40% jump over 2014. Unlike the last round, which saw Mistresses moving to Cali, there were no relocating series from Vancouver this time. However, the USA Network picked up Shooter pilot was made up in B.C. and is now coming to CA. In another catch for California, The Good Girls Revolt pilot was shot in the Empire State and is now to be made in L.A.
The next TV round is set from May 20 – 27 for aspiring TV series, mini-series, MOWs, pilots and relocating series. The next Film application period is scheduled for June 27 – July 8 this year.