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Two television series are relocating production to California.
Amazon war crime drama Hunters and Disney+ historical drama The Right Stuff are moving filming to the Golden State for their respective second seasons. Hunters, which previously shot in New York and The Right Stuff, which filmed in Florida, will both take part in the California Film Commission’s film and television tax credits program.
With these latest moves, California’s tax credit program has welcomed a total of 22 relocating TV series from other states and countries. Six of those shows have come from New York (including Hunters) and four from British Columbia. In addition to The Right Stuff, one other series (HBO’s Ballers) has relocated from Florida. The film commission announced in August that HBO’s In Treatment reboot and TBS’ Miracle Workers would also be moving production to the state.
“It’s great to emerge from the pandemic shutdown with news that two more successful TV series are relocating to California,” said California Film Commission executive director Colleen Bell. “Such projects are a primary target for our tax credit program because they bring high-quality jobs and significant in-state spending.”
For their first season in California, Hunters and The Right Stuff are on track to generate a combined $125 million in below-the-line wages and other qualified expenditures. The two projects plan to employ an estimated 440 cast members, 374 crew members and 6,056 background actors/stand ins over a combined 195 filming days in the state. They will also generate significant post-production jobs and revenue for the state’s VFX artists, sound editors, sound mixers, musicians and other workers part of their eight-episode seasons.
Based on their qualified spending and out-of-zone production, the two relocating series will receive reservations for an estimated $32.5 million in tax credit allocation. All 88 planned filming days for The Right Stuff are set to take place in the San Diego area. Such production helps fulfill the tax credit program’s goal of bringing jobs and spending to regions beyond the Los Angeles 30-Mile Studio Zone. “We’re thrilled to see this round of tax credits generate so much out-of-zone filming because it brings direct economic benefit to regions across the state,” added Bell.
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