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Disney’s A Wrinkle in Time, Ava DuVernay’s adaptation of the Madeleine L’Engle book, is among 28 projects that have been selected to receive tax credits under California’s expanded Film & Television Tax Credit Program. While the big-budget feature, the story of a girl exploring other realms in the universe in which Oprah Winfrey will appear, would not have qualified under previous incarnations of the incentive program which did not accept projects with budgets greater than $75 million, the new program, dubbed Program 2.0, is open to film projects of any budget — although credits are capped to each studio-produced film’s first $100 million in qualified spending.
The full list of projects chosen, which will divvy up $109 million in tax credits among them, includes 18 studio projects, including Warner Bros.’ A Star Is Born and New Line’s Game Night, and 10 independently-produced features. At least five of the projects, including Wrinkle, Friday the 13th, Magic Camp, Rogue and Private Benjamins, will shoot extensively outside of Los Angeles’ 30-mile zone, bringing production activity to other parts of the state, today’s announcement notes. Collectively, the 28 films are expected to spend $880 million in the state, including $326 million in qualified wages to more than 5,900 crew and cast members.
The California Film commission estimates that Wrinkle, the first big-budget project accepted under the new program that Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law in September, 2014, will bring $85 million in qualified spending to California and will employ nearly 400 cast and crew members, with $44 million in wages paid to below-the-line workers.
“The California tax credit made it possible to base production in California,” producer Jim Whitaker said as part of the announcement. “We considered several other locations, but felt that the spectacular landscapes and intimate, real settings found in California perfectly met Ava DuVernay’s directorial vision for A Wrinkle in Time. The entire crew is incredibly excited as we all appreciate the ability to come home to our families at night.”
Commented California Film Commissioner executive director Amy Lemish, “Large-scale feature films like A Wrinkle in Time are among the most at-risk for runaway production. California’s expanded tax credit program is working as intended, and this project alone will employ hundreds of in-state crew members and visual effects artists.”
The first feature film application period for year-two of Program 2.0 ran from June 27-July 8 and drew 91 applications. If any applicants on the list released today withdraw from the program, their tax credits will be reassigned to those on the waiting list. Projects were selected based on their jobs ratio score, which ranks each project by wages to below-the-line workers, qualified spending for vendors and equipment and other criteria.
The next application period for the program will be held from Nov. 14-19 for television projects.
The complete list of approved projects follows:
105 and Rising Rising Movie, LLC
A Star is Born WB Studio Enterprises, Inc.
Action Park Paramount Pictures Corporation
Entry Level Content Media Corporation
Force Paramount Pictures Corporation
Friday the 13th Paramount Pictures Corporation
Game Night New Line Productions, Inc.
Get It While You Can Get It While You Can Productions, LLC
Hide (PTC) Netflix
Home Invasion Paramount Pictures Corporation
La Llorona Mutiny Pictures, Inc.
Magic Camp Ultimo Films, Inc.
Miles Lakeshore Entertainment Group
Monolith Lions Gate Entertainment, Inc.
Newsies Digital Capture Buena Vista Theatrical Group, LTD
Overboard Sneak Preview Productions, Inc.
Plus One Lions Gate Entertainment, Inc.
Private Benjamins New Line Productions, Inc.
Quick Draw Content Media Corporation
Rogue Film 5 Entertainment, LLC
Russ & Roger STX Filmworks, Inc.
Sandy Sandy Production, Inc.
Tag New Line Productions, Inc.
The Young Ones Sneak Preview Productions, Inc
Untitled WWE Studios Project WWE Studios Finance Corp.
Valley Girl Sneak Preview Productions, Inc.
Wrinkle in Time Tesseract Productions, Inc.
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