Governor Jeb Bush announced that the pilot for Fox Television's new one-hour drama, "Burn Notice," began filming Tuesday, November 28 in Miami.
The pilot is expected to employ more than 150 Florida residents during its 17-day shoot. If the pilot is picked up, it can lead to 20 or more episodes a year filmed in Florida. "Burn Notice" was attracted to the state in part by Florida's Entertainment Industry Financial Incentive, which rebates a portion of expenditures paid to Florida cast, crew and vendors.
The "Burn Notice" pilot is being produced for the USA Network and will star Jeffrey Donovan. It will be directed by Jace Alexander and produced by Jeff Freilich from a script written by Matt Nix. The line producer is Miami's Terry Miller.
"Burn Notice," which is expected to spend nearly $3 million in Florida, is about a spy recently fired by the Central Intelligence Agency who uses his Special Ops training to help others in trouble. It will feature many signature Miami Beach locations, as well as additional locations in and around Miami.
"This project will have a significant economic impact on the local community and offer the opportunity for millions of people around the world to see more of the beautiful city of Miami," said State Film Commissioner Paul Sirmons in a release. "We've made a real effort to pursue television projects to keep our well regarded crew base living and working at home in Florida."
For more information on the Florida incentive programs offered to the film and entertainment industry, please visit www.filminflorida.com, or call toll-free 877-352-3456.