After spending weeks on tenterhooks over the status of New York’s endangered production tax credit, Fox has decided to pull up stakes and relocate production of its hit frosh series “Fringe” to Vancouver.
The show, which reportedly spent $4 million an episode in recession-pummeled New York, originally relocated from Toronto to Long Island’s Silvercup Studios specifically to take advantage of the Empire State’s much-publicized incentives. It applied too late, unfortunately. The $515 million set aside to expand the popular tax program and extend it into 2013 had dried up by the beginning of this year.
“In this challenging and uncertain economic environment, we have made the very difficult decision to move the production of ‘Fringe’ from New York to Canada in the event the series is renewed for a second season,” said a Warner Bros. Television spokesman. “We are deeply indebted to the talented New York production crew that helped bring the first season of ‘Fringe’ to life, and we thank them for their invaluable contributions to the show’s success –read the full story on Variety.com
From Toronto, to New York to Vancouver, but Joshua Jackson who plays Peter Bishop should be happy, he’s from Vancouver.