LANSING – The Michigan Film Office announced today that the HBO television series Hung has been approved for a film incentive from the state. The show, in its third season, is set in suburban Detroit and has shot in cities including Birmingham, Bloomfield Hills, Clarkston, Detroit, Hamtramck, Livonia, Royal Oak, Troy, Walled Lake, and West Bloomfield.
“Over the past three years we have developed a strong relationship with the production team of Hung and HBO and we are thrilled that they will be staying here in Michigan for the show’s third season,” said Carrie Jones, Director of the Michigan Film Office. “Television series like this help to provide our crew base with more long-term work while showcasing Michigan locations to a national audience – both critical factors when looking at bringing the best projects possible to our state.”
This television series will utilize Michigan’s crew base and will shoot in communities throughout metro Detroit. The project was awarded an incentive of $1,059,394 on $2,648,486 of projected in-state expenditures.
Hung is the third project approved under the new policy and guidelines issued by the Michigan Film Office, and the fifth project approved in 2011. Last week, the feature film Five Year Engagement and post-production work for the film Spy Kids 4 were approved for incentives totaling $7,068,264 on $17,044,056 in approved production expenditures. Two other documentaries, Keys to the Goose and Chasing Jimmy were approved in early January for a total of $74,000 in incentives.
Under the new policy, all pending and future applications will receive a thorough review by a Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) committee comprised of the Senior Vice President of Marketing and Communications, the Senior Vice President of Policy, the Vice President of Business Development and the Director of the Michigan Film Office.
The current statute will be used to guide approval decisions. Preference will be given to projects that best meet the following criteria:
1.The production is financially viable.
2.Utilization of existing infrastructure (studios, post-production facilities, film labs, etc.).
3.The number and wage levels of direct jobs for Michigan residents created by a production.
4.Ability to show Michigan in a positive light and promote the state as a tourist destination.
5.Magnitude of estimated expenditures in Michigan.
The film incentive program will continue to be jointly administered by the Michigan Film Office and the Department of Treasury and all projects must be approved in concurrence with the state treasurer. Since the incentives took effect in April 2008, the Film Office and the Department of Treasury have approved a total of $369,267,472 in film incentives on $941,245,646 in total qualified expenditures by productions in Michigan. This represents 210 projects that have been approved to date, including 136 projects that have actually wrapped in the state.
The Michigan Film Office was created in 1979 to assist and attract incoming production companies and promote the growth of Michigan’s own film industry. The Film Office also administers the incentive program for film, television and other digital media production in Michigan, as well as infrastructure development and workforce training.
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