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NY’s film, TV tax breaks favor Downstate; 2 Syracuse movies take 2020 credit (See full checklist)

Film and tv studios can proceed to take large tax credit via 2026 for filming in New York state.

The not too long ago handed state funds prolonged this system for yet another 12 months. A spokesman for Gov. Andrew Cuomo stated it was particularly essential to maintain movie corporations in New York after a 12 months with file unemployment.

The state additionally not too long ago launched the checklist of movies that took credit in 2020. The checklist stays heavy on million-dollar films and tv reveals filmed in New York Metropolis and on Lengthy Island. Solely two had been filmed in Syracuse.

The most important payout within the state went to the fifth season of “Blacklist,” a criminal offense thriller. Sony claimed $22.7 million, information present.

The second season of “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” by Amazon, claimed $21.9 million.

Whereas extra corporations have began to movie in Syracuse lately, solely two made the checklist for claiming tax credit in 2020.

“American Dresser” was the primary movie to be shot within the state-funded CNY Movie Hub in DeWitt. It claimed about $210,000. It was shot in 2015, starring Tom Berenger and Keith David.

After that shoot, the movie hub descended right into a drama of its personal as its builders had been convicted of corrupting the bidding course of for state development contracts.

The film “Banana Cut up” claimed $20,503, information present.

That film was made in 2017 by American Excessive, an organization primarily based in Liverpool. Scenes had been shot at Heid’s ice cream store, the Palace Theatre in Eastwood, a personal Syracuse house and the previous A. V. Zogg Center Faculty in Liverpool, which is now a film studio.

See the complete statewide checklist beneath.

This video nonetheless from the 2020 film “Banana Cut up,” shot by American Excessive within the Syracuse space, reveals lead actress and author Hannah Marks in a scene from the Palace Theater in Eastwood.video nonetheless

The state program continues to credit score greater than $420 million a 12 months to the business – greater than some other financial growth credit score in New York. For comparability, the state’s Excelsior Jobs program is predicted to value $161 million this 12 months, based on funds paperwork.

Critics have questioned the necessity to subsidize one business so closely and so they dismiss the roles as overcounted and momentary. This system is ready up as a refundable credit score, which implies the state writes a verify to an organization that generates extra credit than it will pay in taxes.

The state has put some restrictions on this system lately.

This 12 months, the state would require tv pilots to fulfill minimal manufacturing funds thresholds to qualify for credit.

The requirement was put in place final 12 months for different sorts of productions. The minimal funds should be $1 million in New York Metropolis and the counties of Nassau, Suffolk, Westchester and Rockland. The minimal funds in the remainder of the state is $250,000.

Final 12 months’s funds additionally eradicated “selection reveals” just like the “Tonight Present” from taking credit sooner or later.

The credit score quantities have additionally been diminished from 30% to 25% downstate and from 40% to 35% in Upstate New York.

The state additionally affords a credit score for post-production bills. That has been diminished from 30% to 25% downstate and from 35% to 30% upstate.

A 2013 state legislation requires Empire State Growth to launch the title and greenback quantities for every film and tv present that takes credit. There’s a lengthy hole from the time a film begins filming to the time the state reveals its credit score info.

The legislation was put in place after a collection of tales on Syracuse.com | The Submit-Normal uncovered the state’s secrecy.

See the 2019 checklist of films, TV reveals that claimed credit

Contact Michelle Breidenbach | mbreidenbach@syracuse.com | 315-470-3186.

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