Film rebate extended to include reality TV, documentaries

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The City adopted a film rebate program five years ago to try and breathe more life into a dying film industry. Now five years later, after some success in attracting more film activity, the rebate program was extended Tuesday by the Board of Supervisors in an 11-0 vote to include documentaries and television series.

The broadening of the program is driven by demand, according to Film Commission Executive Director Susannah Robbins.

The legislation to expand the program was introduced by Supervisor Mark Farrell.  

San Francisco’s film rebate program was adopted in 2006 as an effort to revitalize The City’s film industry. Feature films and television series can receive a rebate on city fees, including up to four police officers which can cost $1,200 a day, $1,000 for use of a Muni trademark, film permit fees of $300 per day and payroll taxes. A rebate is capped at $600,000.

And now, perhaps, Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi’s reality TV show about the Board of Supervisors will become a reality.

jsabatini@sfexaminer.com

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