Showtime and Fox 21 Television Studios have revealed that Homeland will move to Virginia for production of the show’s seventh season.
The series will begin filming this fall in the Richmond area and is eligible to receive a Virginia film tax credit and grant. The exact amount will be based on the number of Virginia workers hired, Virginia goods and services purchased, and deliverables, including Virginia tourism promotions. Homeland‘s seventh season will premiere on Showtime in 2018.
Alex Gansa, showrunner and executive producer of Homeland, said: “We’re thrilled to bring the production of Homeland to the great state of Virginia. Its cities and neighborhoods and people will surely provide a rich backdrop for our story, and we in turn aim to provide a small but hopefully significant boost to the local economy.”
“We are delighted to welcome this outstanding drama to the Commonwealth,” said Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe. “The film production industry is a significant economic driver for our Commonwealth. With every new film or television series that comes to Virginia, this thriving industry continues creating jobs, generating tourist activity and building momentum for even more great new projects. Having hosted shows like Turn: Washington’s Spies, Mercy Street and now Homeland, it is clear that Virginia is a premier television production location, and I look forward to the success of this series here in Virginia.”
Virginia Secretary of Commerce and Trade Todd Haymore said, “We are pleased to host the production of Homeland, and enthusiastic about what a show of this size will contribute to our local economies. The Commonwealth’s film production industry is a fast-growing sector of the new Virginia economy, with a total economic impact of almost $616 million, in addition to supporting nearly 4,000 full-time jobs and providing more than $24 million in state and local taxes in 2015. I am confident Homeland will contribute millions more to our Virginia businesses, big and small, and provide good-paying jobs to our industry workers.”
Virginia Film Office Director Andy Edmunds noted, “A television series is a gift that keeps on giving for the production industry in the Commonwealth. A series of Homeland‘s caliber and popularity gives twice—both during production and then for years after, in the form of film tourism. Having Homeland call the Commonwealth home is another big win for Virginia.”