The critically-acclaimed TV series "American Crime" is moving its third season of production to Los Angeles, thanks to an expanded tax credit program offered by the California Film Commission.
The commission announced today that the ABC crime drama that was previously filmed in Austin, Texas, and 10 other television projects will be participating in the new $65 million allocation for the program beginning July 1. The approved projects will generate an estimated $464 million in direct in-state spending, including $171 million in wages, according to data from the project applications.
The California Film and TV Tax Credit Program 2.0 is in its second year. It extends eligibility to include a range of project types, including TV pilots and one hour TV series for any distribution outlet, which were excluded from the state's first-generation tax credit program that began in 2009.
"It's great to host another long-term project like 'American Crime' that is set elsewhere," said Amy Lemisch, executive director of the California Film Commission. "With the program fully-funded for year two, we will be able to attract and retain even more projects, which translates into more in-state spending and high-wage jobs."
With the addition of "American Crime," California has gained a total of six relocating TV series over the last year, including director Ryan Murphy's "American Horror Story" and "Scream Queens," which relocated from Louisiana, and HBO's "Veep" which returned from Maryland.
Along with the 11 projects selected in this latest allocation, there are currently 12 additional TV projects, in varying stages of production, participating in the state's tax credit program 2.0.