Showbiz Sandbox 248: Hollywood Squeezes States For More Tax Breaks

September 9, 2014


California is set to triple their tax subsidies for film and television production to more than $330 million annually in an effort to stem the tide of runaway production to states with larger tax incentives. Richard Verrier of the Los Angeles Times discusses the growing debate over the value of film tax breaks and whether they actually create new jobs, or just shift them to different locations.

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Of course, we also cover the week’s top entertainment news stories including the new head of DreamWorks, why it will take a century for anyone to read author Margaret Atwood’s latest work and “The Simpsons” make their way to China.


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California Boost: Will Tripling Tax Credits Work?

Box-Office Crash: What Caused Hollywood’s Miserable Summer?

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Venice: Roy Andersson’s ‘A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence’ Wins Golden Lion

U2 Releases New Album for Free on iTunes

Turner’s Michael Wright Takes Top DreamWorks Job

‘Doctor Zhivago’ Musical Coming to Broadway

Larry David’s ‘Fish in the Dark’ to Open on Broadway in March

‘The View’ Taps Rosie Perez and Nicolle Wallace to Round Out Panel

Margaret Atwood’s New Work Will Remain Unseen For A Century

Tom Hanks, Lily Tomlin, Sting to Receive Kennedy Center Honors

‘The Simpsons’ to Air in China for First Time in Pact with Sohu Video

It’s Official: James Corden to Replace Craig Ferguson on ‘Late Late Show’

TiVo to Unveil DVR With 26,000 Hours of Storage Space

AT&T and Verizon say 10Mbps is too fast for “broadband,” 4Mbps is enough

Director Andrew V. McLaglen Dies at 94

Joan Rivers Dies At 81

Seven Broadway Theaters Will Dim Lights for Joan Rivers


  • Michael Giltz

    I think most states are suckers for offering tax breaks. At least when they get a company to base their manufacturing plant in a state, you know the business won’t up and leave in five years. But movies and TV shows can be filmed anywhere from Canada to New Zealand and what loyalty does a producer have to North Carolina vs New Mexico vs Prague? I think only California and New York have the infrastructure and talent pool to make themselves a permanent draw. The rest are just treading water and prob spending more money on luring shows than they’ll make off them.