California to recognise “robust” in-state filming

This year’s Film in California Conference will recognise the “renewed sense of optimism” generated by the state’s expanded tax credit.

This year’s Film in California Conference will recognise the “renewed sense of optimism” felt by the state's production industry since tax credit support was expanded.

California had a strong 2017 in terms of location filming. The state posted the second-highest figures on record, despite the fact that the numbers actually declined in comparison to the previous year’s results.

California to recognise “robust” in-state filming
NCIS

As part of the Film in California Conference’s programme, the event will recognise Mark Horowitz, executive producer of TV crime drama NCIS (Naval Criminal Investigative Service).

The show has filmed 15 seasons in California - a 16th has been commissioned - and is now among the top ten longest-running programmes in American history.

While the boosted tax credit is certainly cause for optimism in California, the state still faces a major challenge increasing the number of big-budget features and high-end TV dramas that choose to film in Los Angeles and elsewhere locally.

Around 60 features shot in California last year and a third of those secured tax credit support.

The state’s studios saw occupancy above 90% for much of 2017, but a surge in lower-budget short-form content for online was a major factor in this increase.

See KFTV's production guide for more on filming in California.

Main page image: Mana Media. Article image: CBS

California to recognise “robust” in-state filming
NCIS

This year’s Film in California Conference will recognise the “renewed sense of optimism” felt by the state's production industry since tax credit support was expanded.

California had a strong 2017 in terms of location filming. The state posted the second-highest figures on record, despite the fact that the numbers actually declined in comparison to the previous year’s results.

As part of the Film in California Conference’s programme, the event will recognise Mark Horowitz, executive producer of TV crime drama NCIS (Naval Criminal Investigative Service).

The show has filmed 15 seasons in California - a 16th has been commissioned - and is now among the top ten longest-running programmes in American history.

While the boosted tax credit is certainly cause for optimism in California, the state still faces a major challenge increasing the number of big-budget features and high-end TV dramas that choose to film in Los Angeles and elsewhere locally.

Around 60 features shot in California last year and a third of those secured tax credit support.

The state’s studios saw occupancy above 90% for much of 2017, but a surge in lower-budget short-form content for online was a major factor in this increase.

See KFTV's production guide for more on filming in California.

Main page image: Mana Media. Article image: CBS

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