A pilot for a new TV show filmed in the Lowcountry has been picked up by CBS— just a few days after lawmakers increased the incentives for film production companies to do business in South Carolina.
“Reckless,” a legal drama about two attorneys investigating a police scandal, filmed its pilot episode around the Charleston area in late March.
Sen. Paul Campbell (R-Goose Creek) says he doesn’t think it a coincidence that the announcement came soon after Gov. Nikki Haley signed new film tax rebates into law. In fact, Campbell said he had been told producers were looking to film the series in Savannah if the law had not passed.
“If you look at the scenery in South Carolina from our mountains to our coast— from the Lowcountry to the Midlands— we’ve got a lot of opportunity to do film in South Carolina if we would just give the incentive for them to come here,” he told South Carolina Radio Network.
The new law signed by the governor on Friday would allow film companies to be reimbursed up to 25 percent for payroll taxes on in-state wages and up to 30 percent for what they purchase from local businesses. Productions would have to spend at least $1 million in the state to qualify.