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Local Film, TV Projects Get Tax Incentives

A television series from Warner Bros. Pictures and two others that film in Santa Clarita were among the 26 projects receiving tax incentives from the California Film Commission, the agency announced Tuesday. The commission disperses $100 million in tax credits for feature film and broadcast and cable TV production done in the Los Angeles area. The incentive program has been in place since 2009. The tax credit program has been an effective way to keep productions in California, said Film Commission Executive Director Amy Lemisch. “The projects that receive our tax credit incentive will have a broad impact across the state’s economy as they create jobs and support thousands of small businesses,” Lemisch said in a prepared statement. Among the projects receiving the credits are “Major Crimes,” from Warner Bros. Pictures airing on cable station TNT;” “Pretty Little Liars,” which films on the Warner Bros. Studios lot in Burbank; and “Franklin & Bash” and “Justified,” both filmed in Santa Clarita. A bill is currently pending in the state Senate to continue the tax credit program through the 2020-2021 fiscal year and expand it to feature films of any budget size, TV pilots and new hour-long series regardless if they are intended for broadcast TV, cable or the Internet. The Assembly passed the bill, sponsored by Assemblymen Mike Gatto, D-Los Angeles, and Raul Bocanegra, D-Pacoima, on May 28.

Mark Madler
Mark Madler
Mark R. Madler covers aviation & aerospace, manufacturing, technology, automotive & transportation, media & entertainment and the Antelope Valley. He joined the company in February 2006. Madler previously worked as a reporter for the Burbank Leader. Before that, he was a reporter for the City News Bureau of Chicago and several daily newspapers in the suburban Chicago area. He has a bachelor’s of science degree in journalism from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

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