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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!  

Special thanks to Christopher Reyes, Sarah Fleming, and the crew over at SE2M 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.

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Commission Board of Directors' Meeting

Our next Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Board of Directors' meeting will be Wednesday, March 16, 2016 at noon at Malco's Studio on the Square Theater (2105 Court Ave).

 
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Open Casting Call Saturday for Film Commission Client: CMT Network’s 'Million Dollar Quartet'

OPEN CALL DETAILS

"MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET"

Date: Saturday, February 13th, 2016

Time: OPEN CALL between 9AM – 5PM

(Line forms no earlier than 7AM)

Location: Humes Preparatory Academy Middle School

659 N. Manassas St.

Memphis, TN 38107

WHAT TO BRING

Please bring one form of ID, a PICTURE or professional headshot, a

RESUME, and a completed TALENT REGISTRATION FORM

(on the website, listed below)

WHAT TO WEAR

Please come dressed in your favorite 50’s look (wardrobe, hair, etc.)

SEEKING

Please visit our website for all the details!

*MUST BE 18 YEARS OR OLDER!

Young Elvis Presley (*16) ... Marion Keisker (Early 30’s)

Young Johnny Cash (19) ... Becky Phillips (Mid-Late 20’s)

Young Jerry Lee Lewis (*16) ... B.B. King (28)

Young Carl Perkins (20) ... Earle Hutchins (28-38)

Trixie Dean (*16) ... Nadine McClusky (30-45)

Ike Turner (19)

This is an Open Call for Principal performers.

All attendees will be registered for potential background players for the series.

NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY!

For more information, please visit our website:

www.mdqseries.com

Produced by CMT and Thinkfactory Media

NOTE: Employees of Thinkfactory Media, the company producing the casting call, are casting all roles.  An earlier news alert erroneously said that the Film/TV Commission was casting the parts. It is only facilitating and promoting the call for its clients. Thank you.

 
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CMT/Thinkfactory Media to produce ''Million Dollar Quartet" in Memphis

CMT AND THE PRODUCER OF "HATFIELDS & MCCOYS" TO PRODUCE "MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET" SERIES IN MEMPHIS


For More Information                                                   For Immediate Release:

Contact: Linn Sitler, Film Commissioner                    February 3, 2016 (9 AM ET)

901.527.8300 x3


Partners in recruitment, Tennessee Film Commissioner Bob Raines and Memphis and Shelby County Film Commissioner Linn Sitler, join Nashville-based CMT and Thinkfactory Media in announcing today that Memphis and Shelby County will be the production base for the upcoming CMT television series, Million Dollar Quartet (working title), inspired by the Tony Award-winning musical. Telling the story of the early Sun Studio recording careers of such icons as Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Ike Turner, the series will focus on the often-turbulent career of Sam Phillips, the musical genius who first directed them toward stardom.

Led by Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris, the efforts of other Shelby County legislators Senator Reggie Tate, Representative Steve McManus, and Representative Curry Todd – backed by the entire Shelby County Delegation and General Assembly -- ensured last Legislative Session that the $4 million needed to incentivize Million Dollar Quartet was earmarked for Memphis and Shelby County-based productions.

According to Memphis and Shelby County Film Commissioner Linn Sitler, “The work resulting from the alliance between the Tennessee Entertainment Commission and the Memphis and Shelby County Film and Television Commission convinced Thinkfactory Media Executive Producer, Leslie Greif, and Co-Executive Producer, Barry Berg, to shoot here. Unit Production Manager Christina Varotsis, the first to visit Memphis for the project, was an early champion. Vital recruitment support was provided by our Deputy Film Commissioner/Project Specialist Sharon Fox O’Guin and the state commission’s Project Manager Gisela Moore.”

Bob Raines said, “The Tennessee Entertainment Commission is excited to welcome the production of Million Dollar Quartet to the State.  This series will produce high quality jobs for our local crew base while providing revenue for local production vendors and small business owners.  This series will introduce iconic Memphis legends, music and locations to a new generation of fans. “

Filming will begin in late March, with pre-production kicking off with a giant casting call Saturday, February 13th, at Memphis’ Humes Preparatory Academy Middle School – more famously known as Humes High School, the alma mater of Elvis Presley. The school is located at 659 North Manassas Street. Casting hours are 9 am to 5 pm. The line for casting forms at 7 am. The production hopes to cast all the leads – such as Elvis, Trixie Dean (Elvis’ girlfriend), Jerry Lee, Ike Turner – along with other roles and “extras.” Those who attend the casting call are asked to come in 1950s hair and wardrobe. For more information on the casting call, visit www.mdqseries.com.

Saturday’s events continue with -- what else? --but a “Killer Karaoke” night at – where else? – but Jerry Lee Lewis’ Café & Honky Tonk on Beale Street, beginning at 8 pm. Admission will be $5.00 per person.  Discount coupons for tickets to “Killer Karaoke,” along with coupons to several other Memphis restaurants, clubs and attractions, will be distributed at the casting call.

Local officials shared their enthusiasm for having Million Dollar Quartet base in Memphis – predicted to pour millions of dollars into local businesses, the hiring of local cast and professional crew, and at the same time providing a boost to Memphis’ tourism and music industries.

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland said, “We are delighted that CMT will be producing their Million Dollar Quartet series here as we remind the world ‘It Came from Memphis!’” Shelby County Mayor Mark H. Luttrell, Jr., stated: “We’re so proud Sun Studio, the Arcade Restaurant and other historic places linked to our musical heritage will be seen by CMT fans around the world.” Kevin Kane, president and CEO of the Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau: "Memphis is as real and authentic as it gets, and we're excited the show has chosen to maintain that authenticity by filming in the city where a rock 'n' roll revolution was born."

About Thinkfactory Media

Thinkfactory Media is a full-service production company that creates high-quality entertainment content.  Renowned for award-winning productions, the company was the driving force behind the Emmy® and Golden Globe®-nominated hit mini-series Hatfields & McCoys (History), starring Kevin Costner. Other recent credits include: The 10-hour television event Texas Rising (History), Marriage Boot Camp (We tv), Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars (We tv), Married By Mom and Dad (TLC), Dead of Winter: The Donner Party (The Weather Channel), Vet School (Nat Geo WILD) Preachers’ Daughters (Lifetime), R&B Divas: Atlanta (TV One), R&B Divas: Los Angeles (TV One), Queens of Drama (Pop), Jump! (Lifetime), Strange Love (TLC), Big Giant Swords (Discovery), Gene Simmons: Family Jewels (A&E), Tony Danza: Teach (A&E), among many others.  Find out more about Thinkfactory Media and its projects at www.ThinkfactoryMedia.com and follow them on Twitter at @TFactoryMedia.

 

About CMT

CMT, a unit of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB), is the leading television and digital authority on country music and entertainment, reaching more than 92 million homes in the U.S. CMT, CMT.com and CMT Radio offer an unparalleled mix of music, news, live concerts and series and are the top resource for country music on demand. The network’s digital platforms include the 24-hour music channel, CMT Pure Country, CMT App, CMT Mobile and CMT VOD.

   
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More jobs at Running Pony

Running Pony Productions has two three job openings:

Running Pony, the largest production and post-production company in Memphis, is accepting resumes and reels for someone who knows how to conceptualize, write, produce and direct video content for any platform, for any client.

Go here for more information.

The best footage in the world isn’t worth the gigabytes it’s stored on if it’s not edited to perfection. Running Pony, a successful, growing production and post-production company in Memphis is accepting resumes and reels for a creative, organized video editor. We’re looking for someone with the creative prowess to do this for any media outlet, for any client.

Go here for more information.

Providing outstanding service and creative solutions to our clients is a vital part of our success. That’s why Running Pony is looking for someone to lead our Client Services team, and work hand-in-hand with our Creative team, to dazzle and delight clients.

Go here for more information.

   

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