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Ryan Murphy’s ‘All’s Fair’ Nabs $14M in California Tax Credits

Ryan Murphy’s ‘All’s Fair’ Nabs $14M in California Tax Credits

Five TV series — three new and a recurring and miniseries — will receive $58 million in tax credits for shooting in California.

The projects, announced by the state’s film office on Wednesday, are headlined by All’s Fair, a legal drama from 20th Television and executive producer Ryan Murphy that’ll feature Halle Berry and Glenn Close alongside Kim Kardashian. It’s the third show this year from Murphy selected to participate in the program. In this round of incentives, the only major studios to nab credits are the Disney-owned company ($14 million) and Apple Studios ($15 million).

So far this year, California’s tax credit program has attracted 12 new shows and another ongoing series, Amazon’s Fallout, which relocated from New York to get $25 million in incentives by shooting in the state.

In a statement, California Film Commission director Colleen Bell stressed the new projects “taking advantage of California’s unparalleled resources and talent pool” by shooting in the state. “It’s a testament to our resilience and the critical role of film and television in our state’s economy.” 

The film office has taken even more significance amid a slump in production in California. Filming in Los Angeles has been slow to bounce back after production in the region was decimated by Hollywood’s historic season of strikes, along with industry contraction in content spend. The three month period from January to March saw a double-digit drop in TV shoots, long a mainstay and anchor of production in the region, compared to the same period last year. Those levels trail its five-year average by more than 32 percent.

All’s Fair, Murphy’s show, is expected to film for nearly 100 days in California, according to the California Film Commission. It’ll hire over 400 cast and crew and spend close to $70 million in qualified expenditures. It follows a divorce lawyer and the owner of an all-female law firm in Los Angeles.

“Walk onto a soundstage and you understand instantly that hundreds of jobs are created and nurtured by keeping the work here, and even more families and lives thrive as a result,” said showrunner and executive producer Jon Robin Baitz in a statement. “This credit is central to our industry and to California’s position as one of the largest economies in the world. And now more than ever, as the production landscape shifts, the importance of the program cannot be overstated.”

Earlier this year, two other shows from Murphy, Dr. Odyssey on ABC and Grotesquerie on FX, were selected to participate in the state’s tax credit program.

The TV shows named in this round also include Lot Patrol, which follows a group of overzealous, unarmed production lot security guards, from Faith Media Distribution, Latitude from Cooler Water Productions and an untitled Apple Studios miniseries.

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In a statement, Faith Media Distribution chief executive Manny Halley said the tax credit program “makes it possible for independent content creators like us to thrive.”

The California Film Commission didn’t identify the fifth series because it’s recurring, and the office hasn’t yet received a pick-up order. It’s estimated to received $7.5 million in credits for roughly $37.2 million in qualified expenditures.

In total, the projects are expected to spend an estimated $386 million in the state during their upcoming seasons, according to the California Film Commission. They will employ nearly 1,200 crew members, 685 cast members and more than 15,800 background performers across 438 filming days.

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