California proposes a $1.65B movie tax credit score to attract productions from anti-abortion states

Gov. Gavin Newsom pleading with Hollywood.

California’s governor supports legislation that would extend the state’s film and television tax program through 2030. Newsom made the announcement Wednesday in an effort to draw filmmakers away from anti-abortion states.

If the bill passes, it will provide $1.65 billion, or $330 million a year, in tax credits to the film and television industry, as well as other media productions. The original bill was set to expire in 2025 before Newsom’s proposed extension.

California Gov. recommends Gavin Newsom’s $1.65 billion tax credit bill for the film/television industry to lure production companies away from anti-abortion states. (David McNew/Getty Images)

“As other states roll back on people’s rights, California will continue to protect basic freedoms for all and welcome businesses that stand up for their employees,” he said in a statement.

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“Expanding this program will help ensure that California’s world-renowned entertainment industry continues to drive economic growth with good jobs and an inclusive, diverse workforce.”

On Wednesday morning, Newsom tweeted to Hollywood.

“Today, Hollywood will wake up to this announcement,” he wrote alongside an open letter. “Choose a time. You can protect your workers, or continue to support anti-abortion states that rule with hate. We’re here for you. We’re extending tax credits to those who come home to the Golden State. Choose freedom. Choose CA.”

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Throughout the letter, Newsom urged production companies to stop doing business in states that were “cruelly attacking essential rights.”

“Today more than ever, you have a responsibility to consider your values โ€‹โ€‹- and the values โ€‹โ€‹of your employees – when doing business in those states,” Newsom wrote.

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California Gov. Gavin Newsom angrily criticized the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade’s cancellation during a news conference in Sacramento, California, on June 24, 2022. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli/AP Newsroom)

In 2019, Georgia legislation was passed that prohibited abortion after a heartbeat was found. Companies such as Netflix, Disney, WarnerMedia, NBCUniversal, AMC, Sony, CBS and Viacom have threatened to leave the state if the law goes through.

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After the initial backlash, studios continued shooting in Georgia and other states that have taken a stand against abortion rights. About 100,000 people are employed in the film industry in Georgia alone, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

In June, the The Supreme Court ruled Roe v. Wade to canceleffectively ending recognition of a constitutional right to abortion and giving individual states the power to allow, limit or prohibit the practice altogether.

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