Gov. Martin O'Malley announced today that HBO will begin filming the series VEEP in Maryland this week. The pilot episode for the series shot in Maryland in February. VEEP is a comedy set near the White House in which former Sen. Selina Meyer finds being vice president is nothing like she expected and everything everyone ever warned her about.
“Maryland is excited to welcome HBO and the VEEP team back to our State,” said Gov. O’Malley. “This project will not only bring new jobs to Maryland, but will also benefit local businesses that will serve the cast and crew during production.”
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, whose credits include Seinfeld and New Adventures of Old Christine, will star. VEEP was created by Armando Iannucci, who also directed the pilot episode. Directors for season one include Iannucci, Tristram Shapeero and Chris Morris. VEEP is executive produced by Iannucci, Christopher Godsick and Frank Rich. Joining as co-executive producers are Simon Blackwell, Tony Roche, with Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Stephanie Laing producing. In addition to Iannucci, Blackwell and Roche, writers include Sean Gray, William Smith, Roger Drew, Ian Martin and Jesse Armstrong. Iannucci previously wrote and directed the Academy Award- and BAFTA-nominated film In the Loop, a 2009 political satire, and the BAFTA Award-winning The Thick of It, a British TV series.
This past summer, HBO shot “Game Change” in Maryland. The film chronicled the 2008 presidential election and starred Julianne Moore as Sarah Palin and Ed Harris as John McCain. Previous award-winning HBO productions that were filmed in Maryland include Shot in the Heart, Something the Lord Made, The Corner and The Wire.
The Maryland Film Office estimates that the five weeks of prep and eight weeks of filming and wrap of the seven episodes could have an economic impact in excess of $25 million, and create more than 2,000 jobs for Maryland crew and actors. A production of this size will also purchase or rent goods or services from hundreds of Maryland businesses.
Maryland’s newly enacted Film Production Employment Act of 2011 helped to secure the HBO production. The fund offers a partial tax credit for local production expenditures and encourages producers to use local film crews.
The Maryland Film Office, located in Baltimore and part of the Division of Tourism, Film and the Arts, is an agency of the state's Department of Business and Economic Development. It provides location scouting and pre-production research, in addition to acting as a government and community liaison throughout film production. For more information, visit www.MarylandFilm.org