NBC drama will likely move production to New York City following the state’s move to kill filmmaker benefits
"Law & Order: SVU" is relocating from its home in northern New Jersey.
The culprit is Republican Governor Chris Christie. The show's move was prompted by Christie's decision to do away with film tax credits that covered up to 20 percent of certain production costs, an individual close to the production confirmed to TheWrap.
Trade organizations such as the Motion Picture Association of America had been lobbying vigorously against killing the credits, but Christie's budget proposal, which includes jettisoning the production incentives, is expected to pass both the state's house and senate on Monday.
The show will likely head across the Hudson River to New York City. It's currently examining the viability of moving production to the Chelsea Piers studios where the recently canceled "Law & Order" was shot, the individual said.
Though early reports indicated than many of the show's longtime production staff might be forced to look for new jobs, it appears likely that "SVU"s' producers will try to keep much of the team intact — they may just have a longer commute.
The move out of New Jersey was first reported on Deadline.