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Showtime to film pilot in Charlotte area

A Showtime pilot TV show will be filmed in the Charlotte region next year.

The Charlotte Regional Partnership said preproduction work has begun in Charlotte for the pilot, a psychological thriller called “Homeland.”

Beth Petty, director of CPP’s Charlotte Regional Film Commission, said it was a combination of the region’s picturesque locations, tax incentives and crew and support services that convinced 20th Century Fox Television to film the pilot in the Charlotte region.

CPP spokeswoman Gina Howard said that if the pilot is a hit, the show would be picked up as a series that would be filmed in the region.

Howard Gordon, former “24” and “The X-Files” executive producer and writer, is producing and co-writing “Homeland,” and “Dexter” director Michael Cuesta will direct it.

The show will feature actress Claire Danes.

In January, the North Carolina General Assembly increased the state’s tax credit for film and television production companies from 15 percent to 25 percent. The incentives require film and TV production companies to spend at least $250,000 to receive a tax credit of up to 25 percent on instate spending for goods, services and labor. There is also a $1 million limit per person that a production can get back from wages and a per-project limit of $7.5 million.

An open casting call for extras will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at Plaza Fiesta Carolinas.

Sam Boykin can be reached at sam.boykin@mecktimes.com.

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