Tax break helps NYC lure 'The Tonight Show' home from L.A.
Jimmy Fallon, who will debut as host of his new show, 'The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon,' on Feb. 17, is seen in this April 4, 2013 photo released by NBC.
Jonathan Lemire, The Associated Press
Published Saturday, February 22, 2014 1:37PM EST
NEW YORK -- The Tonight Show returned to New York this week, ending its four decades stop on the West Coast.
New host Jimmy Fallon is a New Yorker who says he wants the excitement of the nation's largest city to permeate his show. But there's another key reason for the show's return home: an unconventional New York State tax credit that could potentially save NBC more than $20 million a year.
The language of the 30 per cent credit is remarkably specific, applying to shows that film in front of a studio audience and spent at least five years elsewhere.
NBC says it helped make the move possible. Similar credits have helped TV and movie productions thrive in the state but experts are divided about whether it's worth it.