The HBO comedy series “Veep,” which has earned three consecutive Emmys for star Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series, is pulling up stakes in Maryland and relocating to California, Deadline.com reports.
The reason is simple: The production was awarded $6.5 million in tax credits as part of the California Film Commission’s new $330 million production incentive program. And “Veep” is not alone.
An HBO spokesperson is quoted in the report saying: “After four years and a long deliberation we have decided to move the production of ‘Veep’ to Los Angeles. Maryland has been home to many vital HBO projects, from ‘The Corner’ to ‘The Wire’ to ‘Game Change,’ and the support has always been extraordinary. The producers and HBO would like to thank Maryland for making the last four seasons of ‘Veep’ such a success. We look forward to returning with another production in the future.”
Citing the Maryland film office, the report notes that “Veep” secured about $13.9 million in tax credits from the state during its first three seasons of production. The show ended its fourth season June 14.
Deadline adds: “The four seasons of production hired over 3,000 [Maryland] residents and is estimated to have had an economic impact of $114 million, says the Baltimore Film Office.”
The Los Angeles Times notes that “American Horror Story” also announced recently that it will begin shooting in L.A. after receiving an estimated $9 million tax credit. The program, which has been shooting in Louisiana, is expected to begin production on season five in July.
Two other programs relocating to California, according to the Times, are VH1’s “Hindsight,” which is moving from Atlanta, and ABC’s “Secrets and Lies,” which is relocating from North Carolina.