HBO’S IN TREATMENT THREATENS TO LEAVE NEW YORK OVER TAX CREDITS
While we wait for a resolution to the problems facing the New York Film and Television Tax Credit program, pressures mount on the filmmaking community here in New York as more productions contemplate moving out of the State. The latest is the HBO series In Treatment.
The executive producer of HBO’s In Treatment series said he will yank the show and its 70 jobs from the Big Apple if Gov. Paterson doesn’t fund the state’s 30 percent tax credit for TV and movie production.
The producer, Warren Leight, said the four episodes left to film this season will be the last in New York if the money isn’t forthcoming – he is ready to take California’s tax credit cash and move 3,000 miles away.
“Not knowing what’s happening here is scary for them,” Leight says of his crew, all of which are New Yorkers hired recently when the show moved its production from Los Angeles-specifically because of the tax credits.