July 15--The numbers are in for how much CBS legal drama "Reckless" boosted the local economy when it filmed in Charleston last year.
The S.C. Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism announced Tuesday that CBS invested $17.9 million in the state to film the pilot episode and the first season of the Sunday night TV show in Charleston.
"Not only was the filming of 'Reckless' an economic benefit to Charleston, the series broadcasts beautiful images of the city every week to a large, dedicated audience. said agency spokeswoman Dawn Dawson-House. "As a tourism agency, we think that's meaningful and valuable."
"Reckless," which airs at 10 p.m. eastern time on Sundays on CBS, centers on t two attorneys who often take opposite sides of cases in Charleston's courtrooms. The show has been steadily attracting about 4 million viewers each week, not enough to land a spot among the top 20 shows, according to Nielsen ratings.
The pilot was filmed from February to March last year and the production of the first season, which includes 13 episodes, spanned from July to December.
The production accounted for 861 jobs, including 90 temporary positions and hundreds of single-day roles for extras. Cast and crew members purchased goods and services from 835 businesses in the area, PRT reported.
Local hotels and other lodging businesses also profited from the show. Travelers in town for the filming accounted for 17,300 room nights in the Charleston area, according to the PRT report.
In an effort to lure more film dollars to the area, state and local officials have planned a trip to Hollywood this year to potentially meet with production companies and filmmakers.
The city of North Charleston, the S.C. Film Commission and the Charleston Area Convention & Visitors Bureau will be involved in the initiative, though specifics have not yet been worked out.
Officials will likely be touting South Carolina's attractive film incentives program available to filmmakers who spend at least $1 million on productions in the state. The incentives include tax credits, wage rebates of up to 25 percent, and a sales tax exemption for all goods purchased in the state for the production.
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