Drama Million Dollar Quartet to film in Memphis
Cable TV series Million Dollar Quartet (w/t) has been granted filming incentive support to shoot on location in Memphis, Tennessee.
The drama will tell the story of record producer Sam Phillips who opened Sun Studio (pictured) in Memphis in 1950.
In 1956 the studio hosted sessions featuring collaborations between Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash and Carl Perkins that became known as the Million Dollar Quartet.
Tennessee has granted the production filming incentive support of up to $4.3m and the shoot is scheduled for this spring.
“Memphis is the birth place of rock ‘n’ roll music, and we are ecstatic to be able to support a television series that tells the story of the city’s role in one of the most influential cultural phenomena of the last century,” said Randy Boyd, commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development.
Tennessee offers a 25% grant as a filming incentive. Its biggest recent success has been the TV series Nashville that’s filmed four seasons in its namesake city.
Despite the television success, Tennessee’s production profile is eclipsed by neighbouring Georgia. Atlanta has become one of the top filming locations in the US through a combination of a strong filming incentive and world-class studio facilities.
For more on filming in Tennessee see our production guide.