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Two holiday movies filming in Detroit receive film office incentives

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Frank Provenzano
(517) 335-1851

LANSING, Mich. – Spending the holidays with the Royal family begins in August at some familiar metro Detroit locales.  TV One’s original holiday movies, “Royal Family Thanksgiving” and “Royal Family Christmas” are currently filming in metro Detroit through early September.   

The projects are eligible to receive $175,805 and $157,754 incentives, respectively, from the Michigan Film Office.  

The eligible incentive amount for the “Royal Family Thanksgiving” is based on private spending of $502,300, and the hiring of 57 Michigan workers and 8 extras equating to five full-time employees. Meanwhile, the eligible incentive amount for “Royal Family Christmas” is based on private spending of $493,002 and the hiring of 55 workers and 8 extras equating to four full-time employees.   

Anyone interested in seeking work as a member of the film crew, should send his/her resume to RoyalTCProductions@gmail.com  

Featuring an ensemble cast including Vivica Fox (“6 Ways to Die,” “Independence Day: Resurgence”) and Romeo Miller (“Brotherly Love,” “Madea’s Witness Protection”), the stories  follow a middle-class African American family as they navigate the ups and downs of family relationships strained by the holiday season. “Royal Family Thanksgiving,” premieres 8 p.m. EST Saturday, Nov. 21, and “Royal Family Christmas” will air 8 p.m. EST Saturday Dec. 5.  

Launched in January 2004, TV One serves an estimated 57 million households with original programming designed to entertain and inform African American viewers.  

Earlier this summer, legislation was signed into law eliminating the program for film and digital media incentives. Incentive agreements for these two films were approved before this legislation took effect.   

Any film or digital media project approved and issued a fully executed agreement prior to the signing of the legislation will be administered in accordance with the law. Michigan Film Office is no longer accepting applications for projects seeking incentives.  

Michigan Film Office was established in 1979. The office assists and attracts production companies and promotes the growth of Michigan’s film, television and digital media production industries.  For more information, please visit Michigan Film Office.