A tax incentive that’s being called the first of its kind has made it through the New York state Legislature. Deadline.com reports that the measure, whose aim is to boost women and minority writers and directors in television, needs the signature of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, along with appropriation in the state budget, to become law.
“The bill, which received the backing of the DGA and the WGA East, calls for a new tax credit of up to $5 million … in the state’s next budget to be allocated toward TV shows that employ writers and directors who are women and/or people of color,” Deadline reports.
The report quotes Lowell Peterson, executive director of WGA East, saying: “People in the TV industry have understood for years that enhancing the diversity of writing and directing improves the stories that appear onscreen. The missing link for policymakers has been putting money at the point of hire, and this legislation is an important step in that direction.”