TV and film production in Maryland disappeared with the end of HBO's "The Wire," and many of the skilled production workers in the area had to go on location to other states to find work in recent years — until the arrival of "VEEP" and "Game Change," which not only put local actors and production workers back to work, but provided contracts for small area businesses that provided everything from scenery to set decorations and food to the visiting filmmakers.
"The production is estimated to have a $75 million economic impact and is projected to create over 2,000 jobs for local crew, actors and extras and support hundreds of Maryland businesses," O'Malley said Thursday.
One of those workers is Michael Davis, a member of Local 487 of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees. The last two years, he's had to go to Michigan and Ohio for TV work. A married father of two teen daughters, Davis spent 20 weeks in Michigan working on Wes Craven's "Scream 4."
But this past year, he has worked as a construction coordinator for "VEEP." Members of the "VEEP" crew are likely to work on "House of Cards," which has already started preproduction, according to Melfi.
"What this means to guys like me is that we don't have to leave Maryland, don't have to leave home and be away from our families to find work," Davis said. "And that's great.
"It also means we'll be spending our money here instead of in another state," he added. "We spend a lot of money [making scenery] on fuel, lumber and equipment. And instead of spending all that money in Michigan or Ohio, now it's being spent here in Baltimore and Maryland."
Not politics as usual
Landing three high-profile Hollywood projects, Maryland is growing accustomed to playing the role of Washington, D.C.
A TV movie based on the best-selling book about the 2008 presidential campaign. The film narrows the focus to Republican nominee John McCain's selection of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate. Debuting in March, the docudrama stars Julianne Moore, Ed Harris and Woody Harrelson.
In this half-hour series, a senator from Maryland becomes vice president of the United States and finds the job isn't exactly what she bargained for. Set to premiere this spring, the satire stars Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Tony Hale.
'House of Cards'
In a remake of a critically acclaimed British series, Netflix and producer David Fincher move the biting political drama from the halls of Parliament to the steps of the U.S. Capitol. The 13-episode series stars Kevin Spacey and starts filming in March.
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