Ridley Scott and Mark Burnett Shows Among New TV Projects Nabbing Calif. Tax Credits

The pair of projects are among four new series, three pilots and four recurring shows in California's latest TV allocation period.
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Mark Burnett (left), Ridley Scott

California is doling out more tax credits for in-state productions.

In the latest allocation period for its film and television incentives program, new TV series including Ridley Scott’s Strange Angel from CBS Studios, The Rookie from Touchstone Television Productions, Untitled Peacock Project from Hop Skip & Jump Productions and Mark Burnett’s Untitled Old Story Pictures Project from Old Story Pictures are among 11 projects that nabbed credits.

A total of $69 million in tax credits has been reserved for the nearly dozen efforts. Other conditionally approved projects in the current round, the application period for which was held from Nov. 6 to 13, include three pilots — Euphoria, Harmony and Less Than Zero — as well as four recurring series already in the program: Ballers, S.W.A.T., Shooter and The Orville.

The mix of new series, recurring shows and pilots are on-track to spend an estimated $339 million in qualified expenditures, which is defined as wages paid to below-the-line workers and payments to in-state vendors. In addition, they will employ nearly 1,500 castmembers and more than 2,200 crewmembers.

“Television drives much of the industry’s long-term employment and economic activity, so we’re gratified to see the tax credit program help keep so much TV production here at home,” California film commission executive director Amy Lemisch said Monday in a statement. “Tens of thousands of cast and crew members, as well as support service vendors, are working in California on TV projects thanks to the expanded tax credit program.”

In addition to the 11 projects in the latest round, 21 recurring TV series in various stages of production are currently in the tax credit program and eligible for tax credits. In total, 52 TV projects — including pilots, movies of the week, miniseries and new/recurring/relocating series — have been accepted into the program since it launched in 2015.

Here's a full list of the projects accepted into the incentives program this period:

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