Homeland to film new series in Virginia
Long-running terrorism drama Homeland will film its seventh season on location in Virginia in the eastern US.
Relocating to Virginia is a thematic homecoming for the series, which in fact spent its first three seasons filming North Carolina as Virginia.
The CIA’s headquarters – central to Homeland’s ongoing geopolitical narrative – is based in Virginia.
“We're thrilled to bring the production of Homeland to the great commonwealth of Virginia,” said Alex Gansa, showrunner and executive producer of the show.
“Its cities and neighbourhoods 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.”
Virginia offers a base 15% tax credit as a filming incentive for projects that spend at least $250,000 locally. The state is not known as a national production hub but is popular for lower-budgeted shoots and its historical legacy has attracted high-profile movies like Steven Spielberg’s Oscar-winning Lincoln.
“A television series is a gift that keeps on giving for the production industry in the commonwealth,” said Andy Edmunds, director of the Virginia Film Office.
“A series of Homeland’s calibre 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.”
Homeland spent two seasons filming in South Africa and then Berlin – becoming the first US TV show to film a full series in Germany – to add greater realism to its story of international counter-terrorism. Filming returned to the US for Season Six, where it used New York City as a base.
For more on filming in Virginia see our production guide.
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