California Film & TV Tax Credit Program Welcomes 24 New Film Projects Estimated to Generate $662 Million In Spending Across the State
Projects Will Employ an Estimated 3,173 Crew, 801 Cast and 29,602 Background Actors/Stand-Ins Over a Combined 768 Filming Days
Hollywood, Calif. – March 6, 2023 – Despite increasingly strong global competition, California’s Film & Television Tax Credit Program continues to welcome big-budget and independent films, including 24 new projects announced today. These films (21 independent, three non-independent) are on track to bring $662 million in total production spending to California, including an estimated $423 million in “qualified” expenditures. They will employ an estimated 3,173 crew, 801 cast and 29,602 background actors and stand-ins.
Three of the projects announced today are big-budget films — an untitled Disney live-action project, “Thomas Crown Affair” and “Michael,” which is on track to generate more in-state spending than any other film in the tax credit program’s 14-year history. Combined, the three projects alone will generate an estimated $265 million in qualified spending and $433 million in overall (qualified plus unqualified) spending in California.
In addition, the 21 independent films announced today will generate a combined $172 million in qualified spending and $230 million in overall spending. The six indies with budgets over $10 million (“Live,” “Puritan II,” “Shell,” “The Invite,” “The Knockout Queen” and “Unstoppable”) are on track to generate a combined $96 million in qualified spending and $128 million in overall spending.
The 24 film projects will also generate significant postproduction jobs and revenue for California visual effects artists, sound editors, sound mixers, musicians and other industry workers/vendors.
“Our tax credit program continues to welcome a diverse range of projects, from big-budget films to small independent projects, and everything in between,” said California Film Commission Executive Director Colleen Bell. “The program is an important tool for maintaining our competitiveness and curbing runaway production. We are working harder than ever to keep entertainment production here in California, where it belongs.”
Production for the 24 projects is set to occur over a combined 768 filming days in California. Half of the projects plan to film outside the Los Angeles 30-Mile Studio Zone, for a combined 228 out-of-zone filming days (see “Allocation # 4 Out of Zone Filming” chart below).
The California Film Commission received a total of 58 applications during the January 30 – February 6 feature film tax credit application period. It has reserved $81.7 million in tax credit allocation for the 24 conditionally approved projects (see “Fiscal Year 3 – Allocation # 4 Conditionally Approved Projects” chart below).
The next application period for feature films will be held July 24 – 31. The next application period for TV projects will be held March 6 – 20.
About California’s Film and Television Tax Credit Program
In 2014, the California legislature passed a bill that more than tripled the size of the state’s film and television production incentive, from $100 million to $330 million annually. Aimed at retaining and attracting production jobs and economic activity across the state, the California Film and TV Tax Credit Program 2.0 also extended eligibility to include a range of project types (big-budget feature films, TV pilots and 1-hr. TV series for any distribution outlet). The current third generation of the California Film and TV Tax Credit Program (dubbed “Program 3.0”) was launched on July 1, 2020.
More information about Program 3.0, including application procedures, eligibility, and guidelines, is available at film.ca.gov.
Contact: Erik Deutsch, ExcelPR Group (for the California Film Commission) (323) 851-2455 direct / firstname.lastname@example.org
California Film & TV Tax Credit Program 3.0
Fiscal Year 3 – Allocation # 4 Conditionally Approved Projects
|Production Title||Applicant Entity||Production Type|
|1||A Bright And Guilty Place||ABGP81 LLC||Indie Film $10m & Under|
|2||Abundance||Abundance Film LLC||Indie Film $10m & Under|
|3||Atropia||Atropia LLC||Indie Film $10m & Under|
|4||From Dust to Dust||American Zoetrope||Indie Film $10m & Under|
|5||Goodrich||Frances Goodrich, LLC||Indie Film $10m & Under|
|6||Home School||Home School LLC||Indie Film $10m & Under|
|7||Hurricana||Pydo Productions||Indie Film $10m & Under|
|8||Lips Like Sugar||Lips Like Sugar Film, LLC||Indie Film $10m & Under|
|9||Live||Live, LLC||Indie Film Over $10m|
|10||Michael||Lions Gate Entertainment Inc.||Non-Indie Feature Film|
|11||Nobody Nothing Nowhere||Department of Motion Pictures||Indie Film $10m & Under|
|12||Original Tru||Original Tru Production LLC||Indie Film $10m & Under|
|13||Pizza Girl||Maggot Productions II, Inc.||Indie Film $10m & Under|
|14||Puritan II||Starmaker Studios LLC||Indie Film Over $10m|
|15||Shell||Juniper, LLC||Indie Film Over $10m|
|16||Sons of the Silent Age||Kathryn Roughan, Producer||Indie Film $10m & Under|
|17||Superbloom||Annapurna Productions, LLC||Indie Film $10m & Under|
|18||The Faith of Long Beach||The Faith of Long Beach Film LLC||Indie Film $10m & Under|
|19||The Invite||Invite Distribution, LLC||Indie Film Over $10m|
|20||The Knockout Queen||Atlas Entertainment, LLC||Indie Film Over $10m|
|21||Thomas Crown Affair||Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Inc.||Non-Indie Feature Film|
|22||Trees & PhDs||Inner Child LLC||Indie Film $10m & Under|
|23||Unstoppable||AE Ops, LLC||Indie Film Over $10m|
|24||Untitled Disney Live Action||Tagalong Films, Inc.||Non-Indie Feature Film|
California Film & TV Tax Credit Program 3.0
Allocation # 4 Out of Zone Filming
|Production Title||Applicant Entity||Project Type||In LA Days||Out LA Days||Total CA Days||OZ Locations|
|A Bright And Guilty Place||ABGP81 LLC||Indie $10m & Under||0||23||23||Palmdale
Orange County – Huntington Beach, Garden Grove
|Abundance||Abundance Film LLC||Indie $10m & Under||0||30||30||Kern County|
|From Dust to Dust||American Zoetrope||Indie $10m & Under||0||20||20||Fresno County|
|Goodrich||Frances Goodrich, LLC||Indie $10m & Under||23||3||25||Ventura, Orange|
|Lips Like Sugar||Department of Motion Pictures||Indie $10m & Under||25||5||30||Riverside County San Bernadino|
|Live||Broughton Entertainment Corporation||Indie Over $10m||0||30||30||Ventura|
|Michael||Lions Gate Entertainment Inc.||Non-Indie Feature Film||71||9||80||Santa Barbara|
|Nobody Nothing Nowhere||Department of Motion Pictures||Indie $10m & Under||0||40||40||Orange County – Huntington, Newport Beach|
|Original Tru||Original Tru Production LLC||Indie $10m & Under||15||10||25||Orange County|
|Pizza Girl||Maggot Productions II, Inc||Indie $10m & Under||7||18||25||Ventura|
|Superbloom||Annapurna Productions, LLC||Indie $10m & Under||12||10||22||Riverside County – Palm Springs|
|Thomas Crown Affair||Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Inc.||Non-Indie Feature Film||24||30||54||San Francisco County|
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