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Fringe Leaving NYC for Vancouver

jj150As we mentioned a couple weeks ago, NY State’s Governor, David Paterson, has proposed not replenishing New York state’s film/TV production tax incentive program that recently ran out of funds and has helped keep several productions filming in the state. There has been speculation that many of the TV shows currently filming in NYC will relocate, leaving a huge financial burden on a city that is already struggling with soaring unemployment rates.

Now, there is confirmation that at least one show, Fringe, will not be returning to New York City next season. The show’s pilot was filmed near Toronto but NYC’s tax incentives lured the production to New York where it is filmed today. Fox announced this week that if Fringe is renewed for a second season, they will move the entire production to Vancouver, where the filming costs are significantly lower.

Chances are, other shows will follow Fringe out of the city. The fate of  shows like In Treatment, Life on Mars and the upcoming Nurse Jackie are still in the air meaning there is a chance these shows can also hightail it out of NYC, most likely straight for L.A., since California recently added tax relief for film and TV shoots to their state budget.

It is also important to note these incentives are state wide. Movies that may have filmed in upstate NY will most likely be made in more film friendly states like Michigan or Massachusetts.

If you want to help keep other productions, like Gossip Girl, Law and Order and Ugly Betty in NY, please sign this petition today!

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