Supervisor Farrell to Extend “Scene in San Francisco” Film Rebate Program to Further Incentivize More Production in San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO – At today’s Board of Supervisors meeting, Supervisor Mark Farrell will introduce legislation that will extend the successful “Scene in San Francisco” film rebate program for an additional four-years and raise the cap of the program from three to four million dollars. The rebate program is set to sunset at the end of June, if the Board does not move to extend it.

Supervisor Mark Farrell to Extend “Scene in San Francisco” Film Rebate Program to Further Incentivize More Production in San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO – At today’s Board of Supervisors meeting, Supervisor Mark Farrell will introduce legislation that will extend the successful “Scene in San Francisco” film rebate program for an additional four-years and raise the cap of the program from three to four million dollars. The rebate program is set to sunset at the end of June, if the Board does not move to extend it.

“This rebate program is showcasing our world class city on the big screen, providing longer term employment for crews and actors, and boosting our local economy,” said Supervisor Mark Farrell. “For every dollar rebated to the film productions who come to film in San Francisco, approximately six dollars are spent here locally on wages and other expenditures that are benefiting our City.”

The past two fiscal years of the rebate program have been the most productive since Supervisor Farrell first extended the program in 2011. There has been a large jump in the number of productions using the rebate program, with seven productions receiving rebates in fiscal years 2013-14, and three productions which have already received rebates in fiscal years 2014-15. In fiscal years 2013-14, the seven productions which received rebates totaling $831,504 spent a total of $4,997,668 locally here in San Francisco. For every dollar rebated to these productions, approximately $6.01 was spent locally. The Film Commission expects the local expenditures to rise in the upcoming fiscal years, which demonstrates the strength and success of the program.

“The “Scene in San Francisco” rebate program has been a successful tool in attracting productions to base in San Francisco, and is vital to ensure that this continues to happen,” said Susannah Robbins, Executive Director of the San Francisco Film Commission. “Not only has the program helped to create local middle class jobs for crew and background extras, but millions of dollars have been spent locally by the productions receiving our rebate.”

It is expected that that even more productions will take advantage of the “Scene in San Francisco” rebate program after the newly expanded California State Film Tax Credit goes into effect on July 1, 2015. The upcoming expanded State tax credit, combined with our local rebate program, will make it more cost-effective for productions to base in San Francisco and will increase the likelihood of further use of the rebate program by film productions.

“The “Scene in San Francisco” rebate program has been an important asset to our local economy and an effective tool in attracting tourism and putting people to work,” said Supervisor Mark Farrell. “Extending this successful rebate program is a “no-brainer” and I know the success of the program will continue to grow year-after-year.”

Currently, Universal Picture’s Steve Jobs film, directed by Danny Boyle, is filming for 44 days on location in San Francisco and is using the rebate program. The “Scene in San Francisco” rebate program also has attracted other high profile productions to San Francisco in the past two fiscal years that include:

  • HBO’s Looking, Seasons 1 and 2 (Season 2 is currently airing on HBO)
  • MTV’s Real World, Season 29
  • Netflix’s Web Series, Sense8 – two episodes (airs June 5, 2015)
  • Caviar Content’s Diary of Teenage Girl (debuted at Sundance 2015)

Supervisor Farrell’s legislation is expected to be heard in Committee after the 30-day hold is lifted.

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