California lures TV series Legion and Lucifer from Vancouver to L.A. with tax credits

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      Hollywood North is starting to witness the impact of California's revised film tax credit program—by losing two shows.

      The TV series Legion and Lucifer are leaving Vancouver, where they've been shooting, to relocate to Los Angeles.

      Meanwhile, two other TV series, The Affair and The OA, will leave New York City for L.A.

      Currently in its second year of operation, the expanded California tax-credit program has now brought a total of 11 TV series to the U.S. state from other locations, including Scream Queens, American Crime, American Horror Story, Ballers, and Veep.

      The Marvel series Legion, about a powerful mutant with schizophrenia, will receive $11 million from the program. Meanwhile, the fantasy police procedural Lucifer, in which the Lord of Hell abdicates his throne to become involved with the L.A. Police Department, is receiving $16.8 million.

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      According to a news release from the California Film Commission, the 15 TV projects selected to receive tax credits will generate $620 million in spending, including $235 in wages, for California.

      The California tax credit program expansion resulted from lobbying efforts by the Motion Picture Association of America and industry trade unions.

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