Just hours after longtime “Late Show” host
"I have made the entertainment industry a key priority for my administration. It's a critical component to our city's economy and identity. I created the Mayor's Office of Motion Picture and Television Production, and under the leadership of Ken Ziffren, we are aggressively seeking to encourage more production here in Los Angeles by cutting red tape, lending proactive assistance, and by furthering public policy to compete with the financial incentives offered by other states."
Notice that Garcetti didn't say, "And we can offer you a sweet deal to relocate here." Because he — or California — cannot. The state's film tax credit program does not provide incentives for talk shows. At the moment, the Legislature is considering Assembly Bill 1839, which would expand California's program to make it more competitive with other states, but there's no proposal to include talk shows.
That’s interesting because one of the most high-profile runaway productions recently was
Now, California shouldn't necessarily go chasing after all productions. (In New York, it's not clear that tax break was even needed; "Tonight Show" producers said they never intended to stay in L.A.). California has generally been smarter about targeting its tax credits to avoid being pulled deeper into the tax credit arms race, in which production companies play states against one another.
But the fact is there is an arms race and California is losing jobs and investment to runaway production. Garcetti is trying to reverse the trend using the tools he has. Unfortunately, a nice note from the mayor to a network executive may not be enough anymore to lure the big-money productions back.
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Mural citations are off-the-wall politics, KCET
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The real reason mass-transit fares are rising across the U.S., Atlantic Cities
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