THE WILMYWOOD DAILY – 01/02/2014 Max Steel, ABC Pilot, and More

Hey there!  Happy Thursday and Happy New Year!  Well, the good thing about putting out the “Rumors from the Lot,” is that it sure gets people talkin’!  Got some much better news than on Tuesday!

Max-SteelFirst let’s start with Max Steel.  Now I cannot completely confirm this, but it seems like a pretty strong bet that the Mattel animation turned live-action will be shooting in Connecticut BUT also here in Wilmywood.  In fact after I shared the latest rumors, I was told that while they might have pulled a contract with one group, another local here has been hired for the flick – the two are unrelated, different departments.

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ABCNow remember on Tuesday I told you that we had some Prod Cos sniffin’ around.  I was told that  an ABC pilot was coming with offices opening in February and production in March. Also, that Barbara D’Alessandro would be heading that up.  I was also told that Sleepy Hollow‘s UPM, David Hartley, is in talks to work on the pilot as well.  (I heard it’s a done deal).  The show is called Secrets & Lies.  A perfect gig for Hartley in between Sleepy Hollow seasons 1 and 2.  It would also be nice to have Barbara back as well.  She’s been off working on Army Wives the past few years. She’s worked on a ton of WIlmywood projects since 1990.  I cannot completely confirm this info, but it seems to be about 80% strong.  I will keep you posted.

Secrets & Lies is an adaptation of the Australian crime mystery drama. It’s described as:

“a nerve racking plunge behind the curtains of suburbia following the story of Ben, an everyday family man who finds the body of a four-year-old boy and quickly becomes the prime murder suspect.”

Last I heard, former Private Practice executive producer Barbie Kligman will serve as writer/executive producer/showrunner.  The show has a 10-episode commitment and is already exploring casting choices. If the rumors are true and they do shoot here, let’s hope they stay in Wilmywood!

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TVBestOf2Today is the FINAL day to vote in TV.com’s Best of 2013.  We have just about every NC shot TV show on the list: Under the Dome, Sleepy Hollow, Homeland, Banshee and Eastbound and Down.  VOTE NOW!

UPComing events:

  • JAN 8 – The People’s Choice Awards are Wednesday, 9pm EST on CBS
  • JAN 13 – Sleepy Hollow Episode 11 “Vessel” is that Monday, 9pm EST on FOX
  • JAN 15 – Encore Magazine’s Best of 2013: Voting ends that Wednesday VOTE NOW. (And it’s my birthday, too!)

FYI: The Production Weekly listed Louisiana with 10 NEW projects this week.  TEN!! Seriously, we’ve got to do more to solicit more projects here!

That just about does it for me; I will have more Wilmywood updates for you tomorrow morning (unless something breaks). Got Scoop?  Email me: sheila_brothers@yahoo.com.  Or message me on Wilmywood’s FB .  You can also just post your comments below!  Until then, that’s a wrap!!

THE WILMYWOOD DAILY – 12/31/2013 BIG Rumors from the Lot, Upcoming Events and More

RumorslogoHappy New Year’s Eve!  The final day of the year.  Let’s get right to “Rumors from the Lot.” We’ve got three of them to discuss.  I got some good news and some bad news.  Which do you want first?  Yeah, I can never decide either, so let’s flip a coin.  Okay, tails it is.  The bad news.  Remember, these are strictly rumors and I cannot confirm at this point.

1) Max-SteelRUMOR: Max Steel.  Last week, while visions of offices opening danced through our heads, there has been a rumor going a round that they have pulled out of Wilmington and are going to shoot in another state.  I heard they already had a few contracts in place in Wilmington and withdrew in the past week. And no I didn’t hear Georgia or Louisiana.  I heard Connecticut.  Though I haven’t been told any reason for the possible move, I can tell you a little about the state’s incentives.

In Connecticut, production companies incurring expenses between $100,000 and $500,000 are eligible for a 10 percent credit, between $500,000 and $1 million are eligible for a 15 percent credit, and over $1 million are eligible for a 30 percent credit. For income years starting Jan. 1, 2010, the minimum expenditure increases to $100,000 and makes the credit amount dependent on the production’s total expenses or costs.The state also offers a tax credit for infrastructure costs, and exemptions for property, sales and hotel taxes.

Still, with all that being said, it could indeed just be a rumor and they could very well remain here. Still looking into this one.

0426bolden2mb2) RUMOR: Bolden!  We’ve heard this rumor before, but it has definitely made the rounds again.  The word is yet again, Bolden! might be headed to Atlanta.  When?  We don’t know, just as we didn’t know their definite start up date when they were still planning on shooting here.  I will keep you posted when I hear more details. Again, rumor, let’s hope they stay here.

Tv3) RUMOR: Production Companies Scouting.  While the first two rumors are major bummers, here is something that might cheer you up.  Word on the lot is we’ve had a couple of productions companies sniffing around Wilmington, looking for that ideal place to shoot some television pilots.  No word yet on exactly who, but as soon as I find out, I will let you know.

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Now, what’s missing in this blog?  Jibber jabber about Sleepy Hollow.  It feels so weird to not report who is here in town and where they are shooting. Well, we can count on Under the Dome to fill that void soon enough.  But still, I am so sad to see them officially wrap season one. The last of the cast has gone home.  😦
UPComing events:
  • JAN 2 – TV.com’s “Best Of”: Voting ends this Thursday. NC shot TV shows on the list: Under the Dome, Sleepy Hollow, Homeland, Banshee and Eastbound and Down.  VOTE NOW!
  • JAN 8 – The People’s Choice Awards are next Wednesday, 9pm EST on CBS
  • JAN 13 – Sleepy Hollow Episode 11 “Vessel” is that Monday, 9pm EST on FOX
  • JAN 15 – Encore Magazine’s Best of 2013: Voting ends that Wednesday VOTE NOW.
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That just about does it for me; I will have more Wilmywood updates for you probably Thurs or Fri morning (unless something breaks). Got Scoop?  Email me: sheila_brothers@yahoo.com.  Or message me on Wilmywood’s FB .  You can also just post your comments below!  Until then, that’s a wrap!!