Schwarzenegger seeks boost in tax incentive

Says California should keep productions in state

SACRAMENTO -- Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger says California must increase tax incentives to movie and television studios as a way to keep them from moving their productions out of state.

He says incentives being offered by other states are luring studios away and costing California tens of thousands of jobs.

His comments on Friday came days after ABC Studios said it was planning to move production of "Ugly Betty" from Los Angeles to New York.

A new law there triples New York's film tax credit. Companies can receive a 35% credit if at least three-quarters of their production is filmed in the state.

Schwarzenegger told reporters in the state capital that he has been pushing California lawmakers to approve tax incentives for the film industry for the past four years. So far, he has not succeeded.
comments powered by Disqus