HGTV special receives incentive from Michigan Film Office

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Renovation of a historic Detroit mansion will be broadcast in prime time in November on HGTV

LANSING, Mich. – An extensive renovation of a historic Detroit mansion will be broadcast in prime time in November to a nationally televised audience as an eight-part, yet to be titled HGTV series. The project produced by New York-based Chasing Light Entertainment is eligible to receive a $211,031 incentive from the Michigan Film Office.

Filming began last month of the room-by-room renovation of the historic Ransom Gillis mansion in the city’s Brush Park, a residential district several blocks north of Ford Field and Comerica Park. The production company estimates spending $844,125 during the production in Detroit while hiring 22 workers, including 12 Michigan residents, which equate to two full-time positions.

“The show shines a timely spotlight on the exciting residential developments in Detroit,” said Jenell Leonard, commissioner of the Michigan Film Office. “We’re looking forward to the positive impact of show, and especially supporting a project that highlights the revitalization of the state’s largest urban area.”

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.

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