So Long, LA: Runaway Production Hits TV Shows, Jobs
LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Television production in Southern California is following the film industry out of town in the search for better tax incentives.
Just two of this fall’s 23 new TV dramas will be shot in Los Angeles, even as movie production statewide has plunged 60 percent in the last 15 years.
Analysts say each show that goes out of state also takes away $60 million and 840 jobs from local professionals like unemployed location manager Dave Henke.
“I’ve lost my insurance, so I have no medical insurance for me and my family, and no work, no income,” said Henke. “I’m on the verge of losing my house.”
Eleven TV dramas now shoot in New York, which offers a tax incentive as much as four times what California offers — a tax break for which network television is not even eligible to use.