DB&A has always worked with its clients to find incentives for projects when others may not have thought that the projects being eligible or the costs qualifying. Oftentimes, we do the same searches for projects for networks and/or production companies who are not clients yet.
Some time ago, we noticed that NBCUniversal’s Universal Kids (f/k/a Sprout Network) was producing a daily, live show out of Philadelphia, Sprout House (f/k/a Sunny Side Up). Up to 365 days per year.
We approached the production company, appealing to them that we believed the show would qualify for film tax credits. Realizing they had nothing to lose and lots to gain, engaged DB&A. We prepared a winning application package, presented it to the Film Office, obtained approvals, and the show was approved.
For 6 seasons (about 1,800 episodes), the live children’s show received Pennsylvania film tax credits. DB&A did all of the applications, negotiations, cost reviews, credit issuances, and credit transfers to the parent company.
For the next 5 seasons, the daily show was produced out of NBCUniversal’s studios at 30 Rock in New York. DB&A has been fully involved in the NY applications, cost reviews, audit planning and approvals.
During this time period, the acclaimed show has received $8.7 million in film tax credits!