Norfolk is about to get a little more star-studded!
Producers of the upcoming political thriller “Public Affairs” will start principal photography in and around Norfolk this June. The project will star Adrian Grenier (Entourage) and Mimi Rogers (Hope Springs), and will be directed by Sundance alum and DGA-award winner Eric Bross (Restaurant).
“I am incredibly excited to be working with Eric Bross to bring this intense and suspenseful film to the screen,” said producer Stephen Israel. “I’m particularly excited to be shooting in Norfolk – a homecoming of sorts, having spent my summers here growing up. Hampton Roads has a broad range of shooting environments, as well as a strong production infrastructure, and I’ve long wanted to bring a production to the area.”
According to the City of Norfolk, the project will be eligible for incentive funding, depending on expenditures in the state and deliverables to promote Virginia. The city reports that the annual economic impact of Virginia’s film industry is $414 million, and it provides $59 million in state and local tax revenue for the Commonwealth, as well as more than 3,000 full time jobs.
“Virginia continues to be a premier destination for film and television production, a substantial contributor to the economy,” said Secretary of Commerce and Trade Maurice Jones. “In 2014, the industry contributed over $44 million to the Hampton Roads economy alone and $414 million across the state. This project will bring widespread spending and numerous job opportunities to the region and push forward the growth of this lucrative industry throughout the Commonwealth.”
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