California’s Tax Credit Lures Hollywood Crews Beyond Los Angeles

Productions in the program have spent more than $130 million across 19 counties outside the city.

When California revised its tax credit program in 2015 to include additional incentives, cities outside of studio home base Los Angeles have seen an increase in production. While eligible studio projects get a 5% credit, the cities enjoy the additional wages for its workers and further financial investment in their communities.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, “A total of 27 projects that filmed outside the LA zone employed 71 actors, 4,085 crew and 27,037 extras. Those shows and films put plenty of money into local communities, too. For instance, Bird Box spent $981,000 in Del Norte, Ford v Ferrari laid out $1.6 million in San Bernardino and Captain Marvel expended $426,000 in Fresno. Over the past few years, Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why, which is set in the Bay Area, filmed its entire series in Northern California across a handful of counties. More than 7,000 local actors, crew and background hires from those counties earned about $19 million in total wages.”

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