New York woos The Tonight Show with tax incentive
The Associated Press
Posted: Mar 22, 2013 3:55 PM ET
Last Updated: Mar 22, 2013 3:54 PM ET
New York appears to be trying to lure The Tonight Show back to Manhattan with a proposed tax incentive for programs that relocate to the state.
A Cuomo administration official said Thursday that New York is trying to lure TV shows from California with a proposed tax credit program and the Tonight show would qualify if it decides to move back to Manhattan. The show moved to Burbank in 1972 when Johnny Carson was host.
But there is no deal with NBC or the Tonight show, the official insisted. The person wasn't authorized to comment on any potential deals and spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity.
Still, a bill in Gov. Andrew Cuomo's pending budget looks like it's all about Tonight, without ever mentioning the iconic show that began broadcasting in the 1950s from Manhattan and has featured a series of popular hosts — Jack Parr, Steve Allen, Carson, and the current Jay Leno.
Incentive for 'relocated television production'
The bill expected to be voted into law in coming days would provide a 30 per cent tax credit for a "relocated television production." Past and current tax credits have gone to new productions starting in New York, such as Law & Order.
The bill also says it is intended for "a talk or variety program that filmed at least five seasons outside the state ... (and) episodes are filmed before a studio audience of at least 200 more" with a budget of at least $30 million.
You don't have be Carson's "Carnac" to make the connection with Tonight.
New studio for Fallon
The state's plan to help return the late-night show to Manhattan and NBC's 30 Rockefeller Center after decades in California was first reported by the New York Daily News.
NBC confirms it's creating a new studio for Jimmy Fallon in New York, where he hosts Late Night. But the network did not comment on speculation that it may replace Leno with Fallon and use its Rockefeller Plaza headquarters as home to a Fallon-hosted Tonight.
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