Posted on March 14, 2013 at 2:08 PM
Monday, Mar 18 at 5:01 PM
RICHMOND — A new television pilot for the CW network will be filming at Fort Monroe in March and April.
If the show called Company Town moves forward as a series and continues filming in Virginia, it could mean an annual economic impact of up to $50,000,000.
“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,” said Gov. Bob McDonnell.
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,” said Oder.
The casting director for the show says they are looking for men and women of all ages and ethnicities to be extras. They are specifially looking for people from all branches of the military, ER, medical and hospital staff, and brass band or orchestra musicians.
An extras open casting call will be held Saturday, March 16 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Paradise Ocean Club, 490 Fenwick Road, Fort Monroe, Virginia.
Those attending the open call should bring a recent, non-returnable photo of themselves. A parent or legal guardian must accompany minors.
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.
According to the governor's office, the pilot project will be eligible for up to $1,000,000 in Virginia Film Tax Credits. 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.