Wilmington shot TV pilot one of 3 productions to get NC Film Grant
WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A TV pilot shooting in Wilmington is one of three productions in the state that will get money from the North Carolina Film and Entertainment Grant, the NC Department of Commerce announced today.
“Good Behavior,” which recently opened offices at EUE/Screen Gems in Wilmington, is a pilot for TNT starring Michelle Dockery of “Downton Abbey” fame. The show is set in North Carolina and based off the best-selling Letty Dobesh books by Blake Crouch. Fresh out of prison, Dobesh is trying to stay afloat, but her life changes when she is set on a collision course with a hired hitman. According to a Department of Commerce news release, the pilot will film primarily out of Wilmington, but is expected to do some work in the greater Asheville area. The eligible grant amount is up to $1.25 million.
Also getting grant money is HGTV’s “Love it or List it,” which is shooting in the Triangle area. The reality show about an interior designer and real estate expert who meet with homeowners to help them decide whether to renovate or sell their homes will get up to $950,000.
Up to $2.8 million will go to North Carolina native and UNC School of the Arts alum Jody Hill for an untitled independent feature Hill wrote with Danny McBride, who starred in the HBO series “Eastbound & Down,” which shot multiple seasons in Wilmington, and John Carcieri. They plan to film their outdoor adventure about a father and son in the far western part of the state, the Department of Commerce said.
The three new grant recipients were selected from 17 applicants. The join the CBS series “Under the Dome,” which recently wrapped its third and final season in the Wilmington area, in getting the grant money from the state’s 2014-2015 budget. The Department of Commerce says the four projects combined are expected to have direct in-state spending of more than $60 million.