Production film incentives mean jobs, thousands of jobs, not only for our members but all those who work on film and television productions in California. These jobs bolster local economies and strengthen the California economy. These jobs allow our members to qualify for health and retirement benefits. As other states have seen, film\television tax credits work, and California should lead the way in promoting and maintaining a strong film\television credit program.
SAG-AFTRA has worked with, and will continue to work with, our industry and union coalition partners to advocate for a strong film\television tax credit program. We know the credit works, we've seen it work, and we're committed to getting the word out. The benefits, not only to our members, but to all those workers who make the magic happen in film & television, are innumerable. The State of California needs a stronger, expanded credit, and we're getting that message out.
California Assembly Bill 1839, The Expanded Film and Television Job Creation Act, was introduced in February by Assemblymembers Raul Bocanegra and Mike Gatto. There are 59 additional co-authors from all over California. The alliance worked tirelessly in Sacramento to secure the sponsors, and to improve the language prior to its introduction.
For complete text and information on AB 1839, please refer to the following link, which also allows you to track the bill:
Please also check the Film Works CA website for up-to-date information on events and to sign the petition supporting the bill: www.filmworksca.com