The Hollywood Reporter did this article on how Hallmark was lured to Colorado for Erin’s new series When Calls The Heart.
As more than 100 film commissions descend on L.A. to sell their tax benefits, the cable network reveals how the Rocky Mountain State pitched itself for the new series “When Calls the Heart.”
Film commissions from cities, states and foreign countries are about to converge on the Los Angeles Convention Center for the annual AFCI Locations Show June 27 to 29, presented by the Association of Film Commissions International, with about 3,500 attendees expected.
More than 100 film commissions — evenly divided among U.S. cities and states and foreign cities and countries — will be manning booths. Their objective: Pitch their colorful landscapes, cooperative governments and availability of experienced casts and crews in order to attract movie and TV productions to their locales. But while scenic backgrounds and a supportive infrastructure all are part of the sell, the deciding factor for producers determining where to shoot their projects increasingly is the size and structure of the location’s tax subsidies, because such subsidies can help defray overall production costs.
That, for example, is the reason Hallmark Channel has announced that its new series When Calls the Heart will shoot a two-hour movie and at least six one-hour episodes near Telluride, Colo. — making it the first series to shoot in the state since Father Dowling Mysteries 19 years ago.
After considering locations in Canada and elsewhere in the U.S., Hallmark, producer Brad Krevoy and their creative team decided Colorado was perfect for the story set in the 19th century, about a wealthy young woman who moves to a Western frontier mining town to teach school and ends up falling in love. But what closed the deal was the fact that Colorado in the past year raised its tax incentives from 10 percent to 20 percent, which translates into a $2.7 million rebate for Hallmark.
“We have a tremendous commitment to original content that is frankly very expensive to produce,” says William Abbott, president and CEO of Hallmark Channel, adding, “We want to put the best quality on the screen, but not necessarily in this state. So I would have to think [without incentives] we would have looked elsewhere.”
Abbott says the locations and the cooperation from state and local officials also were important. The production wanted to choose a made-in-the-USA site, if that proved feasible. But, he admits, “at the end of the day, financial considerations always are a big piece of the decision-making process.”
Krevoy concurs: “For the past 25 years, I’ve been a road warrior, going around the world looking for the best production locations and tax incentives. When I read about the improved program in Colorado, I realized for a Western, it was the holy grail.”
Donald Zuckerman, a former Hollywood producer who is Colorado’s film commissioner, says that until his state upped the ante in 2012, it had seen little out-of-state production because “we had a weak incentive system.”
Zuckerman says the reality is that incentives today are “part of the financing. It’s fiscally irresponsible to go someplace without incentives.”
Few film and TV productions “choose locations anymore without the consideration of incentives,” says Joseph Chianese, senior vp taxes, business development and production planning at Entertainment Partners, which carefully monitors the ever-shifting mosaic of incentives offered by both competing states and foreign governments. And, he adds, “Incentives will continue to drive the business.”
The payoff can be significant. If Hallmark produces all 13 episodes it has in development in Colorado, it is expected to spend $17 million locally.
Zuckerman says that in addition to the direct expenditures during production, his state also stands to benefit from a boost in tourism down the road. Beyond the U.S., the Hallmark series will play in more than 40 countries, and the impact of that exposure could go on for years.
Still, the battle over incentives continues in legislatures. Two to three years ago, Iowa, Nevada and New Jersey all cut or ended incentive programs. The recession forced many state governments to reduce programs that directly affect their citizens, and, suddenly, giving a helping hand to Hollywood was seen by some government officials as politically risky — notwithstanding the case that could be made that the long-term economic payback of such incentives usually outweigh the short-term costs.
This past year, however, Chianese says that despite battles over funding in Alaska, Massachusetts, North Carolina and even Louisiana, in the end they all retained their programs; and states including Minnesota and Texas added new incentives. New York State passed the largest tax incentive program in the U.S. in March, making $420 million available annually for movie and TV productions. That doesn’t include $5 million for using labor in certain areas and $25 million for postproduction credits.
Chianese notes that competition also heated up throughout the world with new incentive programs in Colombia, Mauritius and Malaysia, among others. Germany added €10 million a year to its federal film fund, bringing that budget to €70 million (about $92 million). Even the U.K., which pared its program two years ago, added new high-end television and animation incentives for the first time this past year.
There will be lots of gorgeous scenery on display at the competing film commissions’ booths at the Locations Show. But as Colorado came to realize, to remain competitive, a state needs more than commanding views and pristine skies. Specific incentives are necessary to clinch the deal. “If somebody wants mountains, we have gorgeous mountains,” says Zuckerman, “but they have pretty nice mountains in Alberta and Utah, too. If you want to play the game, you have to step up with something.”
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Yesterday Erin attended her first press event for her new tv series When the Heart Calls!
Colorado’s The Watch gave us some news about Erin’s new television series “When Calls the Heart” and how it is going to film in Colorado!
Hallmark Channel Original Series Starts Production July 22 Near Telluride
DENVER – When Hallmark Channel’s second original primetime series When Calls the Heart begins filming this summer, it will mark the first time a TV series has been shot in Telluride. “We are delighted with Hallmark Channel’s choice of Colorado for its latest series,” said Gov. John Hickenlooper. “With Hallmark Channel’s brand behind it, the show will have a positive economic impact for our state and provide tremendous national exposure for Telluride and all of Colorado.”
Hallmark Channel’s When Calls the Heart will start filming in Telluride on July 22. According to Bill Abbott, President and CEO, Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movie Channel, “Hallmark Channel is coming to the gorgeous state of Colorado.
“The state provides the perfect backdrop for our Western inspired series, When Calls the Heart, and we are incredibly proud to infuse the state’s economy with new jobs and resources as a result of filming our family targeted program here,” he said.
The Colorado Office of Film and Television negotiated the deal with the Motion Picture Corporation of America and Believe Pictures, with executive producers of the Hallmark Channel Original Primetime Series. According to Brad Krevoy, CEO of MPCA, “We are excited to immerse When Calls the Heart against the rich backdrop of the Colorado Rocky Mountains, providing unrivaled production value to a story that takes place in the North American west one-hundred years ago. Governor Hickenlooper, Donald Zuckerman, John Cullen, Mayor [Stu] Fraser and Tim Territo have changed our expectations of shooting in Colorado, which will allow us to bring substantial economic vitality to the state in the first season alone.”
Gov. Hickenlooper, Colorado Film Commissioner Donald Zuckerman, Telluride Mayor Stu Fraser, Colorado Tourism Office Director Al White and Telluride Film Commission Co-Founder Territo played key roles in bringing the Hallmark Channel Original Primetime Series to Telluride, whose economy stands to accrue substantial revenue from the production.
Three-time Emmy winner Jean Smart star in the Hallmark Channel Original Primetime Series, with the special extended pilot premieres scheduled for October 5 at 9p.m. ET/PT, 8C. Erin Krakow and Daniel Lissing star in the Original Primetime Series set to premiere January 2014, with the chance to reprise their roles when the series returns in January.
Based on Janette Oke’s bestselling Canadian West book series, When Calls the Heart tells the story of Elizabeth Thatcher (Krakow), a young teacher accustomed to her high society life, who receives her first classroom post in a small prairie town on the western frontier led by coalminer widows Abigail Stanton (Loughlin) and Frances Tunnecliffe (Smart). Elizabeth must deal with her restless students, as well as the new constable in town, Jack Thornton (Lissing). When Calls the Heart is a Believe Pictures and Brad Krevoy Television production; Krevoy, Brian Bird, Michael Landon, Jr., Roman Viaris, Francisco Gonzalez, and Jimmy Townsend are executive producers. Eric Jarboe is co-executive producer.
Hallmark Channel, owned and operated by Crown Media Holdings, Inc., is a 24-hour basic cable network that provides a diverse slate of high-quality entertainment programming available in high definition and standard definition to a national audience of 87 million subscribers. Hallmark Channel, a destination for quality family programming with a slate of original TV movies and specials, as well as some of television sitcoms and series including The Golden Girls, The Waltons, Little House on the Prairie, and Frasier, is home to a range of lifestyle programming, anchored by Home & Family, a daily two-hour live show shot in a fully functional house located on the Universal Studios lot. Hallmark Channel’s sibling network, Hallmark Movie Channel, available in HD and SD, focuses on family-friendly movies with a mix of original films, classic theatrical releases, and presentations from the Hallmark Hall of Fame library.
Read more: Watch Newspapers – UPDATED Filming for New TV Drama Series Begins In Telluride Next Month
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Deadline shares this news today and it looks like Erin is going to be part of a new series on The Hallmark Channel!
Erin Krakow (Castle, Army Wives) and Daniel Lissing (Last Resort, Crownies) have joined the cast of When Calls The Heart. The one-hour original scripted series set to premiere in January 2014 on the Hallmark Channel stars Jean Smart and Lori Loughlin who will reprise their roles from the two-hour original movie that debuted October 5 on Hallmark. Based on Janette Oke’s bestselling Canadian West book series, When Calls The Heart chronicles the story of Elizabeth Thatcher (Krakow), a young teacher accustomed to high society life, who receives her first classroom post in a small coal-mining town in the Western frontier lead by two strong coal-miner widows, Abigail Stanton (Loughlin) and Frances Tunnecliffe (Smart). When Calls The Heart is a Brad Krevoy Television and Believe Pictures production. Brad Krevoy, Brian Bird, Michael Landon, Jr., Roman Viaris, Francisco Gonzalez, and Jimmy Townsend serve as executive producers, with Bird and Landon Jr. serving as showrunners. Eric Jarboe will serve as a co-executive producer.
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Erin has shared that she will be starring in a new film by Hallmark.
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Season Seven is only 6 days away … here is a promo for the new season which starts airing on Sunday!
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I finally had time to sort the caps for Erin’s guest appearance on Castle … she did a great job! If you haven’t seen it you need to!
- Erin Krakow Online > castle > season 05 > 05×13 | recoil (captures)
Erin’s episode of Castle airs on Monday, February 4th on ABC. Here is a synopsis of the episode in which Erin portrays Julie Rogers.
While investigating the murder of a young woman, Castle and Beckett find evidence that links her death with Senator William H. Bracken, the man responsible for Beckett’s mother’s murder. Determined to finally bring Bracken to justice, Beckett soon realizes that things are far more complicated than they seem.
And here is the promo for the episode:
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