California, America’s most populous state, recently passed legislation to encourage “better sexual harassment reporting and diverse hiring” within the film and entertainment industry. The new law, set to begin in 2020, would require feature film and TV projects to “report diversity statistics to the state and designate people to handle misconduct claims.”  The updated tax credit program is looking to increase opportunities for minorities in the state and is worth as much as $330 million a year.

The bill, which was negotiated as part of the state budget, will also ask major studios to report on their diversity program, if they have one.

The current tax credit program is based on jobs created from a project, more specifically “based on a production’s “below the line” jobs, including set builders, makeup artists and extras – not the highest profile workers, such as starring actors and directors.”

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