'Sharknado 4,' 'Crazy Ex Girlfriend' Nab CA Tax Credits, 'Mistresses' Relocating

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend - Rachel Bloom - H 2015
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Good news for freshman series Crazy Ex Girlfriend, Code Black and Rosewood.

The three broadcast shows are among the 11 television projects selected by the California Film Commission to receive tax credits under the state’s newly expanded program.

Other projects on the list: Netflix’s Selena Gomez starrer 13 Reasons Why, TNT's John Wells drama Animal Kingdom, MTV’s dark comedy Little Darlings, Syfy’s Sharknado 4, FX's John Singleton drama Snowfall and two Dan Fogelman projects (a birthday dramedy pilot for NBC and a baseball drama, which has a put-pilot commitment at Fox.)

In addition, ABC’s Mistresses will be relocating production from Vancouver to California for its fourth season. It joins the three already relocated series participating in the program: Veep (from Maryland), Secrets and Lies (from North Carolina) and American Horror Story (from Louisiana). 

In total, this second round of TV-specific allocation under the new program saw five existing shows (includling three ongoing series — Crazy Ex Girlfriend, Code Black and Rosewood — and two pilots — Animal Kingdom and Snowfall — that were previously selected as part of the program in the first allocation in June), two new series, one TV movie, two pilots and one relocating series nab the tax credits.

The application period, which ran Nov. 30-Dec. 6, drew 32 applications vying for $42 million in tax credits. The approved projects will generate an estimated $254 million in direct in-state spending, including $103 million in wages for below-the-line crew members. 

“The expanded tax credit program is working exactly as intended,” said the California Film Commission’s executive director Amy Lemisch. “It’s making California more competitive for high-impact TV projects that provide long-term jobs for cast and crew members, while boosting spending at support vendors and service providers.”

Added Disney’s senior vp production Gary French: “We can’t wait to bring the Mistresses series back to California, where we have access to the best crews, the best talent and the best of everything we need. Our goal is to get superior production and financial value for our investment, and we can get both here at home.” 

The next application period for the tax credits program is scheduled for Jan. 11-24 of the coming year and will target feature films and independent projects. 

See the chart below for allocation amounts: