Jude Law to Star in Star Wars: Skeleton Crew
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For more than ten years, various locations in North America have been vying for the settlement of film and television productions with special subsidy programs. California has now announced the beneficiaries of the next round: A total of just over 90 million US dollars will be awarded to seven productions. “Star Wars: Skeleton Crew” receives the largest amount of funding with almost 21 million US dollars.
While New Mexico, Georgia, Louisiana, New York and other states in the USA want to attract production with their subsidy programs, California has been trying to bring production back or attract fresh production for almost a decade. The California budget currently offers 600 million annually as tax incentives, which are awarded in several rounds and to different forms of production.
- “Killing It” (Season 2, Peacock; relocated from Florida) – 6.217 million
- “My Glory” (probably new title for “My Glory Was I Had Such Friends”) (Season 1, WB Discovery) – 7.659 million
- “Presumed Innocent” (fernsehserien.de reported) (Season 1, WB Discovery) – 12.054 million
- “Rap Sh!t” (Season 2, HBO; relocated from Louisiana) – 12.635 million
- “Star Wars: Skeleton Crew” (Season 1, Lucas Film) – 20.908 million
- The Residence (Season 1, Netflix) – 13.955 million
- “The Sympathizer” (Season 1, HBO) – 17.452 million
It’s worth noting that a second season for “Rap Sh!t” isn’t in the bag yet: Issa Rae’s (“Insecure”) new series doesn’t start until July 21 on HBO Max. But the fact that you applied for the tax gift is a good sign.
The background to the support program is that film and television productions spend money on location for local services, from catering and logistics to craftsmen and bookkeeping to small supporting roles. This in turn boosts the local economy. Productions applying for the program have to calculate what they intend to spend, with only the so-called “below the line” salaries counting (ie not the money that the stars and producers are supposed to receive). The beneficiaries are calculated on how much money they bring into the local economy, which in turn determines the amount of “potential support” (as a tax return). The money is set aside by a certain date and paid out after presentation of a statement of the actual production expenses. Unclaimed amounts fall back into the subsidy pot.
A total of 18 productions had applied. According to the applications, the seven projects now funded are to spend a total of 713 million US dollars in California. Of this, 468 million is attributable to the subsidized expenses mentioned. Among other things, 1,953 jobs in the crews as well as 545 larger and almost 22,000 smaller roles are to be created.