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Relocating TV

Eligible Production Types

  • Feature Films
  • Scripted Television
  • Reality Television
  • Documentaries
  • Animation
  • Video Games
  • Webisodes
  • Talk Shows
  • Game Shows
  • Live Events
  • Commercials

Location Production Needs

  • Rural
  • Suburban
  • Snow
  • Tropical
  • Beaches/Ocean
  • Mountains
  • Lakes/Rivers
  • Deserts
  • Forests
  • City

California Film Commission

Colleen Bell, Executive Director



25% Tax Credit

Project Criteria



$1M per episode

Qualified Spend

25% of qualified expenditures. Qualified expenditures include preproduction, production, and postproduction expenditures purchased and/or rented and used in the state of California.

Qualified production expenditures do not include development, marketing, publicity, or distribution costs.

California Chart of Accounts

Program Guidelines

July 1, 2020



5 Years

Additional Considerations


Relocating television series: Relocates to California; filmed its most recent season (minimum of 6 episodes) outside of California; minimum budget requirement of $1M per episode. 

In-state tax liabilty required.

Additional seasons are eligible for 20% and 5% uplift.

Applications are ranked within categories (TV project vs. other TV projects, indie project vs. other indie projects, etc.) based upon their "jobs ratio" score. 

$66M (20% of annual budget) will be allocated for relocating TV each fiscal year.