Birds of Prey Among 19 Films Selected to Receive California Tax Credits

Birds of Prey is on track to spend nearly $63 million in-state

The first round of films selected for the fourth year of California’s Film & TV Tax Credit Program 2.0 includes another big-budget feature, a large contingent of independent projects, and lots of out-of-zone production. A total of 43 film projects applied for California tax credits during the June 18 – 22 application period.

The California Film Commission today announced that 19 films (11 non-independents and 8
independents) have been approved conditionally for $52.2 million in tax credits. They will generate an estimated $258.2 million in qualified expenditures (defined as wages to below the-line workers and payments for equipment/vendors) and spend a combined 602 shoot days across the state. Based on data provided with each tax credit application, they will employ 869 cast, 2,357 crew, and 23,000 extras (including stand-ins measured in man-days).

“It’s great to see so many tax credit projects bring production jobs and spending to regions across the state,” said California Film Commission Tax Credit Program Director Nancy Rae Stone. “The out-of-zone filming provisions in Program 2.0 are working as intended to help spread the direct economic benefit.”

Stone went on to explain that Program 2.0 includes a five percent tax credit uplift for film and TV projects that perform original photography outside the traditional Los Angeles 30-Mile Zone.

Projects announced today include the DC Comics spinoff Birds of Prey starring Margot Robbie, which is the latest big-budget win for California. The WB Studio Enterprises Inc. production is on track to spend nearly $63 million in-state on qualified expenditures. Such projects with total budgets exceeding $75 million were ineligible for the state’s first generation incentive program.

“We are excited to be awarded an incentive from the California Film & TV Tax Credit Program, which will allow us to produce Birds of Prey in the Golden State.”

“We are excited to be awarded an incentive from the California Film & TV Tax Credit Program, which will allow us to produce Birds of Prey in the Golden State,” said Warner Bros. Pictures SVP of Physical Production Kelley Smith-Wait. “The project will have a large footprint and create hundreds of new jobs for women and men in our industry.”

A total of 10 other non-independent (i.e., studio) films were selected for the latest round of tax credits. They include six projects (Bunker, Covers, Cry, Baby, The Has Been, Flying Horse, and The Hunt) that plan to shoot outside the Los Angeles 30-Mile Studio Zone. Among the eight independent films selected for the tax credit round are another five projects (Black and Blue, Blackbird, Drunk Bus, Revenge, and YesterNow) that plan to shoot outside the Zone.

California will double for New York and New Jersey in Untitled Charles Randolph project and for Europe in Bunker. At least two other projects – Bullet (originally set in Philadelphia) and Head (originally set in New Jersey) — will have their storylines revised to be set in California.

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