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Welcome to the Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Commission

Greetings and welcome to the Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Commission’s new web site!  Brimming with new features and up-to-date information, we invite you to come in and look around to get a peek at what Memphis & Shelby County have to offer film productions of all sizes.  Take a minute to browse our location library in Reel-Scout, check out our diverse production guide, or get a taste of productions that have shot here and utilized our crew base over at Film Memphis TV!

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Special thanks to Christopher Reyes, Sarah Fleming, and the crew over at Live From Memphis for their outstanding hard work in making this web site possible. Thanks also to content editor Jon W. Sparks.

The Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Commission, like other publicly-funded film commissions in the U.S.A., works only with funded productions and does not assist producers in securing funding for projects.

The Film Commission's Website makes available hiring/casting information from third parties. This information is to be used as general information only. Although such information is believed to be generally reliable, the posting of the information on the commission website does not constitute an endorsement, recommendation, or solicitation from the Commission. Nor does the Posting imply any assurance regarding the accuracy of the information, the funding of the project, the completion of the project, or the payment to crew/vendors/cast.


Commission-assisted 'Memphis Heat'

Thursday's premiere of "Memphis Heat: The True Story of Memphis Wrasslin'," is at Malco's Paradiso Thursday, with the regular run starting Friday at Studio on the Square and DeSoto Cinema.

The feature-length documentary — a Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Commission assisted project — is directed by local filmmaker Chad Schaffler and was developed by Sherman Willmott and writer Ron Hall.

Read John Beifuss' story on the documentary here.

Movie premiere is 7 and 9 p.m. Thursday at the Malco Paradiso, 584 S. Mendenhall. Tickets are $10 (the 7 p.m. show is sold out) available at

The regular engagement begins Friday at Studio on the Square, 2105 Court, and the DeSoto Cinema 16 in Southaven.

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Mar. 23 - Emissaries of Memphis Music

In celebration of Women’s History Month, the Memphis & Shelby County Music Commission will hold its 3rd Annual Emissaries of Memphis Music celebration.

The event will pay tribute to the career achievements of eight remarkable women who have made significant contributions to the growth and sustainability of Memphis Music.

The esteemed 2011 Emissaries are bassist and MTV’s "$5 Cover" star Amy LaVere; "American Idol" finalist Lil Rounds; award winning producer and sound engineer Dawn Hopkins; Grammy nominated and EMI Gospel recording artist Sheri Jones-Moffett; organic-folk musician and star of MTV’s "$5 Cover" Valerie June; reigning Mid-South pop starlet Dani; legendary Memphis songwriter and vocalist JoJo Jefferies; and long time headliner at Silky Sullivan’s, Barbara Blue.

The event will be Wednesday, March 23rd from 6 to 9 p.m. at Memphis Botanic Garden, 750 Cherry Road.

The keynote speaker is Mamie Coleman, Vice President of Music and Production for Fox Broadcasting in Los Angeles. Ms. Coleman creates the “Sound of Fox” by negotiating and executing the music and clip licensing agreements for prime time shows such as "Glee" and "American Idol." Other special guests include Miss Tennessee USA 2011 Ashley Durham, Shelby County District Attorney General Amy P. Weirich and Fox 13 weekend news anchor Melissa Scheffler.

Please go to the Music Commission website for more infomation.


$2.5 million proposed for film incentive fund

Gov. Bill Haslam's proposed budget for the fiscal year that begins in July includes $2.5 million for the Film and Television Incentive Fund.

This effectively replenishes some of the funds in the nearly depleted account that is used to incentivize eligible film and television productions that shoot in Tennessee.

Gov. Haslam's recommendation to add funds is a small but symbolic show of much-welcomed support to keep the program going until new legislation might be passed.

The bill before the General Assembly is the Tennessee Entertainment Industry Investment Act (SB354/HB555) and is available for viewing as a summary or as a whole on the Legislative website here:


Film incentives working in Florida

Look here to see all the work coming to Florida via their new filming incentives!

Note that Tennessee’s proposed filming incentive legislation is patterned after Florida’s!


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