HBO Signs On For ‘VEEP’ Pilot Shot In Md.

WASHINGTON (WJZ) — It looks promising that Baltimore will be home to another HBO series.

Mary Bubala reports it’s called “VEEP” and filming is expected to start this fall, bringing in millions to the local economy, much like “The Wire” and “The Corner” did years ago.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus of “Seinfeld” fame and CBS’ “The New Adventures of Old Christine” filmed the pilot for “VEEP” in Baltimore this winter.  That alone generated $6 million in economic impact for the state economy.

“It’s a great thing for the state.  We are talking jobs here,” said Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake.

HBO announced Monday it’s picked up the new comedy series and it is expected to shoot in Baltimore.  Production begins this fall for a 2012 debut for HBO.  That means hundreds of new jobs and revenue, similar to the benefits of two other HBO series shot in Baltimore, “The Wire” and “The Corner.” 

Maryland has doubled for Washington, D.C. in several movies, including Chris Rock’s “Head of State” and Will Smith’s “Enemy of the State.”

This past session, state lawmakers approved $7.5 million in tax incentives for the local TV and film industry.  That’s way up from just a million dollars last year.

HBO is also filming a movie called “Game Change” in Maryland this spring.  It stars Julianne Moore as Sarah Palin.

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  1. Doug says:

    Always enjoyed her work as a burlesque dancer.

  2. Rembrandt says:

    As a member of the local Motion Picture/stagehands Union I am happy to see there is some work coming into our state, I have had to take a Honorable Withdraw from our Union due to the lack of work in our state and not enough money coming in to pay union dues.
    The tax incentives the state offers is way to low, but a good start.
    When will our State and Local governments realize the more TAX INCENTIVES they offer, the more the State, and LOCAL BUSINESS will make in return. THE MORE “WE” MAKE THE MORE “THEY” WILL MAKE!
    What is better for the state… Me on Unemployment (them paying me not to work) or me working and paying my share of taxes to the state???

    1. overtaxed says:

      Maryland wants to increase tax rates, not tax base. Working people and businesses are constantly punished by the tax, spend and regulate liberal mentality.

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