Governor Bob McDonnell today announced that a television pilot being developed by CBS Television Studios for the CW network entitled Company Town, will be filming in the Hampton Roads area in March and April. Should the show move forward as a series, and continue taping in Virginia, it could mean an annual economic impact for the region of up to $50,000,000.
Speaking about the project, Governor McDonnell remarked, "The film industry in Virginia has proven to be good for job creation and tourism revenue. A network television series would be another great step forward in growing our production infrastructure and expanding Virginia's stature in the industry."
Company Town will be directed by Academy Award winning director and producer Taylor Hackford who is best known for feature films including An Officer and a Gentleman, Ray, The Devil's Advocate, La Bamba and White Nights.
"The announcement that this pilot series is being hosted by Fort Monroe will shine a national spotlight on Freedom's Fortress," said Glenn Oder, Executive Director of the Fort Monroe Authority. "This production will bring jobs to the area, fill hotel rooms with the production crew, and sell meals in local restaurants. Activity like this is exactly why Fort Monroe will be a success for Hampton Roads."
The Virginia Film Office played a significant role in bringing this high-profile project to the Hampton Roads area. Film Office Director Andy Edmunds noted, "Hampton Roads is a thriving segment of Virginia's film and television production industry, with experienced crew, actors, extras and production services. Virginia's strong Naval presence, and access to Fort Monroe as a superb primary setting, make it the best place in the country to film this potential television series. We are thankful to CBS and Taylor Hackford for selecting Virginia for the pilot, and certainly hope that they will be able to move forward with the series here and become part of the community."
The pilot project will be eligible for up to $1,000,000 in Virginia Film Tax Credits. The film industry in Virginia plays a significant role in the state's economy. In 2011 the total economic impact of the film and television industry in Virginia was $394.4 million, a 14.5 percent increase over 2010. In addition, 3,817 jobs were attributed to the film industry in 2011, up from 2,651 jobs in 2010.