As Golden GlobeS nominations were announced today, there small-screen winners of another type of as the Ridley Scott-produced CBS All Access series Strange Angels, the second season of Seth MacFarlane and Fox’s The Orville, an untitled Mark Burnett project and more of the first season of CBS’ S.W.A.T. were among the latest recipients of California’s tax credits.
There were three pilots and four recurring series among the 11 projects that were awarded some of the $69 million on offer from the state in this new round. From the application period that ended on November 13, Season 2 of The Orville came out on top in the incentives with a credit of $14.5 million. That’s the third-largest TV award in the greatly expanded $330 million incentive program, which more than tripled in 2014, after the $17.6 million that Season 2 of HBO’s Westworld snagged and the $16.8 million that Season 3 of Fox’s Lucifer was awarded in the second-to-last TV round back in March.
Unlike that spring announcement, there wasn’t a single relocating series among today’s recipients. Along with in-state employment, snaring shows away from the likes of incentive-rich Vancouver has been a top priority for the version 2.0 of the program and the California Film Commission.
As The Orville and S.W.A.T. are back at the Tinseltown trough, so to speak, here is the full list of the latest California tax credit recipients:
With an application round running from October 16-20, Quentin Tarantino’s now-Sony Pictures-housed untitled ninth movie and the other latest awardees getting a piece of the $62.8 million available in film categories were made public on November 20.
Coming just after the 90th Academy Awards on March 4, the application period for the next film round is set to go from March 7-13. The next TV application period will be from February 12-16. While the final dollar amount of credits that those application times will be offering isn’t available from the CFC yet, there is roughly $198 million for all TV projects and $132 million for features every fiscal year. What seems like straightforward math is further complicated by the fact that each of the three annual application periods sees rollovers and depends on what the demand is for TV series already in the program.
While there are no relocating series on today’s allocation list, the CFC estimates that 11 awarded projects will pay out around $339 million in expenditures such as wages and vendor expenses. Overall, the latest recipients of the state reward are presumed to be providing jobs to around 2,200 crew members and 1,500 cast from stars to extras.
All of which is Happy Holidays news to all concerned.