‘Nashville’ Producers Want More State Incentive Money

The ABC TV network has renewed the show “Nashville” for another year, but now producers are asking for more state and local taxpayer money if it is to be filmed in the state’s capital city, reports the Tennessean.
Even before the first season aired, the studio was lobbying the state to grandfather the production into a more generous incentive package than the one that cleared the legislature last year.
The first season’s production was able to recoup 32 percent of its production costs in the form of a 17 percent grant from the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development to reimburse production costs and a 15 percent refundable tax credit from the Tennessee Department of Revenue.
Under current law, however, reimbursement would be limited to a grant that covers 25 percent of costs. Representatives for the production have asked the state to have it exempted from that cap.
“It is my belief that the best place to shoot ‘Nashville’ is in Nashville,” series executive producer Steve Buchanan said. “And it is important that the city and state help with that.”
Clint Brewer, assistant commissioner of communications and creative services for the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development, said Wednesday that discussions are ongoing.
The state budget now includes $11.25 million in one-time nonrecurring funds “in anticipation of renewing the incentive specifically for ‘Nashville’ at the 25 percent level,” Brewer said.

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