California lawmakers push film diversity through tax credit
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers are trying to encourage better sexual harassment reporting and diverse hiring in the movie industry through the state’s film tax credit program.
The Assembly on Monday approved an update to the tax credit program, which awards up to $330 million per year in credits to selected productions filming in California.
For the first time, feature film and television projects that apply for the credit would need to report diversity statistics to the government and designate someone to handle misconduct claims.
The bill now moves to the Senate. It was negotiated as part of the state budget and Gov. Jerry Brown is expected to sign it.
It comes amid fierce discussion about widespread sexual misconduct and discrimination in the industry.