Production of the ABC comedy Ugly Betty is heading home.
In the beginning, according to the Los Angeles Times, shooting in Tinsel Town saved money. But now the Empire State has come up big with a big bucks production tax break to lure Betty Suarez, her crazy family and crazier fictional Mode fashion magazine colleagues to the Big Apple.
A recently enacted tax credit (designed to combat production losses to neighboring states like Connecticut) will make filming much more appealing to Betty and, New York officials hope, other television and movie projects.
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Such a break makes it easy to see why Walt Disney Co.'s ABC Studios, which produces Ugly Betty, decided to move. It reportedly costs
While the move will benefit Disney executives and bean counters, the on-set staff is not so lucky. Most of Ugly Betty's 150 crew members, including directors, set designers and carpenters, are expected to lose their jobs.