Supervisor Hahn Calls on California Film Commission to Reward Diversity in Film Tax Credit Program
San Pedro, CA— Today, during the regular meeting of the California Film Commission, LA County Supervisor Janice Hahn called on her fellow commission members to update the California Film Tax Credit Program to reward productions that meet certain diversity standards. Hahn hopes this could be modeled off the diversity requirement announced in September by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences.
“Representation both in front of and behind the camera matters. We have powerful tools at our disposal and we need to do our part to encourage diversity and inclusion in the films, TV shows, and commercials that are awarded these much-sought after tax credits,” said Supervisor Janice Hahn.
The California Film Tax Credit Program could be adjusted to award “bonus points” to productions that meet certain diversity standards. The program already awards bonus points for filming at certain locations and other standards deemed important. The current tax credit program includes $330 million of available tax credits for productions across the state.