On Star Trek: The Next Generation, Patrick Stewart’s Capt. Jean-Luc Picard was well known for telling his first officer to “make it so.” Well, it seems that the California Film Commission has followed the Enterprise commander’s order to the lucrative letter in its latest round of small screen tax credits allocations.
First announced on August 4 that The X-Men franchise alum would be back as Picard on a new CBS All Access expansion of the Trekverse, the “New Star Trek Series” was among three new shows series to be rewarded from the $90 million available for this TV projects period. Desperate Housewives creator Marc Cherry’s Why Women Kill, also for CBS All Access, and the very under the radar Flowers of Helvetica are the two other new shows to reap tax credits in this latest period.
Joining the December 2017 announced Season 9 of FX’s American Horror Story, Season 2 of the Kurt Sutter co-created Mayans M.C., an anticipated Season 3 of Seth MacFarlane’s Star Trek homage series The Orville, and three other series in total, the tentatively titled Star Trek: Picard snared $15.6 million from the Golden State.
Filming in CA, unlike the Toronto produced Star Trek Discovery, Stewart’s new Trek series was not actually the most richly rewarded in the allocation period.
Among the dozens of projects applying in the November 5 to 9 slot, Season 3 of The Orville took that top spot with almost $15.8 million in tax credits. That makes Season 3 of The Orville, which had tax incentives for its first and second seasons, one of the highest allocated shows ever in the four years that the 2.0 version of the $330 million annually California film and TV tax incentives program has trying to return and retain big and little screen projects in the home of Hollywood.
The most any TV shows have been given in the 2.0 program is the $17.7 million that Season 2 of HBO’s Westworld was handed and the $16.8 million that Lucifer Season 3 was rewarded as part of its relocation from Vancouver to L.A. back in 2016.
Take a look at the chart below to see who got how much of what from California this round in both recurring and new series:
With job creation as the primary purpose of the 2009 created CA incentives program since it was dramatically jump started in 2014, the CFC estimates that Picard, which looks to be penciled in to launch near the end of the year, and the eight other rewarded series will employ 1,820 cast members, 2,140 crew, and 25,000 extras/stand-ins for a combined 916 shoot days. The state division also sees around $456 million in qualified expenditures coming out of the projects in the state, which looks like a pretty good reward on investment.
Today’s TV projects follow Warner Bros’ LeBron James starring Space Jam 2 and 14 other big screen projects awarded incentives on November 19 by the CFC.
Now set to run until 2025 thanks to an extension inked by soon to be retired Gov. Jerry Brown in late June, the next round of applications for independent and non-independent films goes from the day after the 91st Academy Awards of February 24 to March 1, 2019. On the TV landscape, contenders for the tax credits can digitally submit their applications from February 4 to 8 AKA just after Sundance ends.