Why do productions come to NC? Ask FX Network Chief or CFO Noble House Entertainment

Why do productions come to North Carolina?  Ask FX chief John Landgraf:

John Landgraf

“Without the incentive, we wouldn’t be there. With it, then it essentially becomes a conversation about geography and topography. And then the location competes and wins on the merits.”  ~ FX Chief John Landgraf

Jeff Hidek from the Star News  grabbed that quote from Landgraf during the TCAs.  Here’s is the complete article that Hunter Ingram put together from the event.  It includes many other quotes you will want to read.

Nick Goundry of The Location Guide writes, “Confirmation of the pilot shoot is clearly good news, but North Carolina’s filming incentive is still set to expire at the end of 2014. If it is not renewed soon, the state’s production industry runs the risk of losing a full season of How & Why to a competitor, should the show get a season order from the network.” READ ARTICLE FROM THE LOCATION GUIDE NOW!


How about we ask Noble House Entertainment.  Is it the locations, the nice people?  What drives them to film in North Carolina?  Donald Driftmeier, chief financial officer for Noble House Entertainment Pictures, a movie production company based in Ontario, brings his projects to NC because…

Every investment is risky,” said Donald Driftmeier. “Each one of our films is a separate business. Not only do you have a theatrical release, but the film can end up on an airline, and it goes on DVD. It’s about mitigating the risk for investors. We find a location like North Carolina that fits and works and is going to be ok for us and still make a profit.”

Now his investor for his latest film, Becker’s Farm. that is in the final phase of pre-production wants not only this movie, but three more as well.  That would be 4 productions that North Carolina can take in from one company.

“For North Carolina, movie and television production means jobs,” Roemmich said.


Remember Thursday’s blog?   Are you listening Richard Lindenmuth?  Did you read this legislators?

THE WILMYWOOD DAILY – 01/15/2014 Michael Cera/John Hawkes Coming to Wilmywood, Sleepy Hollow, and more!

michael-cera-john-hawkesGoood Morning!  Hope you are having a pleasant one!  Man, what a week for breaking Wilmywood news!!  Yesterday afternoon, we got word that FX is bringing us the pilot “How and Why.”  The production will be set up at EUE/Screen Gems Studios by this Spring.  Look for Michael Cera and John Hawkes around town in the next few months!  A lot of Wilmywood folks met John Hawkes when he was on Eastbound & Down last year and are VERY excited to have him back!

Charlie-KaufmanThey have been signed to star in this comedy pilot which is coming from Charlie Kaufman.  The pilot will focus on Goodman Hesselman (John Hawkes)  who is the host of a children’s science show called “How and Why.”  But he is one of those book smart kinda guys with no people skills what so ever!  He is forced to start over, move to a small town, doing a completely different TV show and working for a much younger boss (Michael Cera).  As Deadline puts it, “things get awry when Hesselman encounters elements of the supernatural world during this new excursion.”  Yep, sounds like the autobiography of every news anchor I know in Wilmywood.  Perfect fit FX!


Meanwhile, FX also announced yesterday our North Carolina boy Zach Galifinakis is also going to star in a new FX comedy series co-written by Louis CK.  Congrats Zach!

RobertdowneyJrDid you know that our beloved Iron Man, Robert Downey, Jr. can sing?  He was on stage at a Sting concert and he sung the classic, “Driven To Tears”  Listen to THIS!! Yep, that is RDJ singing!  Wow!  You go boy!

Now on with a little Sleepy Hollow fun.  The ratings stayed flat, no adjustments with a 2.2 /6 among A18-49 w/ 6.4 million viewers.  When they factor in the DVR numbers, it will sky rocket per usual. Here’s what’s in store for us this Monday night!

Oh yeah!  Can’t wait!  Now, if you missed my interview with Tom Mison yesterday:  CHECK IT OUT NOW!

 SPOILER ALERT: During those short 4 minutes, Tom did give us some intel about Nick Gonzalez‘s character, Detective Luke Morales.  He will be back for season two.

VOTING ENDS TODAY for Encore Magazine’s Best Of 2014!! So, go on get to votin‘!!  

Don’t forget these important categories!
  • Best Thing to Happen in ILM 2013:  Film/TV Production, Ziggy’s Opening, California Roots: Carolina Sessions.
  • Best Local Independent Film: Pieces of Talent, Bound by Sea, Children of Salt
  • Best Local Filmmaker: Joe Stauffer, Keith Welborn, Brannigan Carter.
  • Best Blog: The Wilmywood Daily, Port City Foodies, Girls Gone Gluten Free

That just about does it for me; I will have more Wilmywood updates for you tomorrow  morning (unless something breaks) and every weekday morning we do “What’s Up in Wilmywood” at 7:30am & 8:30am LIVE on Sunny 104.5.  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!!

FX Pilot Coming to Wilmywood!


FX is bringing “How and Why” to North Carolina this Spring.  My sources have confirmed that they have indeed been sniffing around Wilmington, and now Screen Gems has confirmed they will make Wilmywood their home!  Look for Michael Cera and John Hawkes around town in the next few months!  They have been signed to star in this comedy pilot which is coming from Charlie Kaufman.  How and Why tells the story of a man who can explain how and why a nuclear reactor works but is otherwise clueless about life.


Michael Cera, John Hawkes Join FX’s Charlie Kaufman Pilot – VARIETY

Michael Cera, John Hawkes to Star in FX’s Charlie Kaufman Comedy – HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

Michael Cera And John Hawkes To Star In New FX Comedy ‘How And Why’ – HUFFINGTON POST

FX Picks Up How and Why, Charlie Kaufman’s TV Pilot With Michael Cera And John Hawkes – WE GOT THIS COVERED