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'The Flight Attendant' and 'Chad' to Move Production to California

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TBS' 'Chad'; HBO Max's 'The Flight Attendant'
The state will welcome both series for their second seasons.

More television shows are relocating their production to California thanks to the state's film incentives program.

The HBO Max dramedy The Flight Attendant will relocate from New York while the TBS comedy Chad will move from British Columbia, assuming it gets renewed. Both shows would be filming their second seasons in the Golden State.

“We’re thrilled to be bringing The Flight Attendant to California for our second season,” said star and executive producer Kaley Cuoco. “We are excited to build upon the world we established in New York during our first season with a variety of California locations.”

With these latest moves, California’s tax credit program has welcomed a total of 23 relocating TV series from other states and nations since 2015. In all, seven series have relocated from New York and five from British Columbia.

The current round of tax credits is just the latest to welcome a pair of relocating TV projects. The three most recent TV allocation rounds each welcomed a pair of shows from other locations. In November, it was Amazon's Hunters (New York) and Disney+'s The Right Stuff (Florida). Before that, it was HBO's In Treatment (New York) and TBS' Miracle Workers (Czech Republic).

For their first season in California, Chad and The Flight Attendant are on track to generate a combined $58.3 million in qualified spending, meaning below-the-line wages to workers and payments to in-state vendors. Of course, overall in-state spending will be significantly greater when above-the-line wages and other expenditures are factored in.

The two shows plan to employ 442 crew, 180 cast and 1,980 background actors over a combined 117 filming days in California. They will also generate post-production jobs and revenue for VFX artists, sound editors, sound mixers, musicians and other vendors. Based on their qualified spending, Chad and The Flight Attendant qualify for $14.5 million in reserved tax credit allocation.

“In total, the 23 relocating TV series in our tax credit program account for more than 7,500 cast and crew jobs, $852 million in qualified spending, and $1.2 billion in direct overall production spending across California,” said California Film Commission executive director Colleen Bell. “It takes significant effort for an established TV series to pack up and relocate production, so our success with such projects says a lot about the industry’s preference for working here in the Golden State.”


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