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The Philanthropist will be set (and filmed) in England

by Bob Sassone, posted Sep 30th 2008 6:03PM
NBC logoHere's something I didn't know: it's cheaper to film in England and Africa than it is to film in Hollywood.

NBC has announced that their new midseason drama The Philanthropist (a real pain to spell, by the way) won't be filmed in the U.S. at all. Instead, the production will save money by setting the show and filming the show in London, with some filming also being done in Africa and the Czech Republic. Executive producer and writer David Eick, however, will stay in Los Angeles. The first episode will be directed by Peter Horton.

I had always heard that it was more expensive to film overseas than it was to film locally. I know that some states have better tax breaks than others and movie studios will often film a movie in a different state than California or a different state than the one depicted in the movie. And sometimes shows will film in Canada because it's cheaper. But I was never good at this money stuff. NBC says they'll save a million bucks an episode doing it this way.

And by filming in London, they'll get Rome's James Purefoy for the title character, a very rich man who helps people with his money.

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Wow. Save a million per episode! Frankly, I'm suprised NBC is willing to shell out that much money on a new show anyway, seeing how bad the ratings are for network shows (especially NBC!). Even with hit shows, the number of people watching is not what it used to be (when there were the big 3 networks). I was thinking about that while watching Fringe tonight (which I LOVED, by the way), they do really short-compared to other shows- commercial breaks & not all that many of them. They must be getting really good money per ad spot if they're gonna pay for that pilot that supposedly cost $10 milllion or in that ballpark. I know that a few years ago I read it was cheaper to film in Canada, that's where they filmed The Dead Zone series. But it does suprise me that it's cheaper now to film overseas, because like Gene said, it doesn't really make sense.

October 01 2008 at 4:28 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Wait a minute -- the dollar is freakishly low in comparison to the Pound Sterling and the Euro, and it's CHEAPER to film in the UK? Bwah????

September 30 2008 at 10:30 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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