'Sneaky Pete' Relocates Production From New York to California

The Amazon drama marks the thirteenth series to relocate to the Golden State as part of its revamped tax incentives program.
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'Sneaky Pete'

California is luring yet another TV show out West.

Amazon's Sneaky Pete is relocating production from New York to the Golden State in its third season, though the show has yet to be officially renewed by the streamer. The crime drama marks the thirteenth TV series to relocate to California under the state's revamped tax incentives program, which has a separate pot of funding designated to relocating shows.

Other high-profile shows that have also moved production from the Big Apple to California recently include Showtime's The Affair and Netflix's The OA. Sneaky Pete, co-created by Bryan Cranston and starring Giovanni Ribisi, spent its first two seasons in upstate New York, with much of the action taking place in and around New York City.

In California, Sneaky Pete plans to employ nearly 250 cast, 220 crew and 2,510 extras, and has been conditionally approved for $9.2 million in tax credits. The series plans to spend more than $53 million in qualified expenditures, which is defined as the portion of total expenditures allocated for wages to below-the-line workers and payments to in-state vendors. California has a long history of stepping in for New York-set shows. Past examples include Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Gossip Girl and Mad Men.

"Our success with these relocating projects shows how the tax credit is working to affirm California’s status as the preferred choice for TV production," said California Film Commission's executive director Amy Lemisch. "From the earliest days of TV, shows set in other locales have been filmed in California. We’re excited to welcome another series from New York that will generate long-term employment and economic activity here at home."

This latest TV application period, held Feb. 12-16, was open only to relocating series and recurring series already accepted into the tax credit program. In addition to Sneaky Pete, the program currently has 30 recurring TV series in various stages of production — including American Crime Story, American Horror Story and This Is Us. To date, a total of 67 television projects, including new series, relocating series, pilots, TV movies and miniseries have been accepted into revamped program since it launched in July 2015.

“One of the many advantages to filming in California is our unique ability to match the look of just about any other locale — from New York City to other planets,” Lemisch added. “No other production center has our diversity of locations, as well as weather, talent and infrastructure.”

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