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TV drama Six gets North Carolina incentive

New military TV drama Six has secured a large filming incentive payment to film on location in Wilmington, North Carolina.

Produced by US network A+E Studios and The Weinstein Company, the series focuses on Navy SEAL Team Six, the secretive and elite US Special Forces unit. The team’s notable missions include the killing of Osama bin Laden in 2011.

Planned as an eight-part miniseries, Six will be based at EUE/Screen Gems Studios in Wilmington.

“The idea originally came to me when I read about Boko Haram kidnapping school children in Africa,” said Paul Buccieri, president of A+E Studios and cable channel History, when the project was first announced last month.

“I thought about how would our world react and it brought on the idea of creating a series about the world of SEAL Team Six because the story felt as poignant and timely as ever. Each year will feature a different theatre of war – the first starting in Africa.”

Six will receive filming incentive support of up to $7.2m to shoot in North Carolina, marginally below the state’s $9m per-season cap. The series is expected to spend around $30m locally.

The TV drama will be a boost for North Carolina’s production industry after a turbulent few years. Major features like the first Hunger Games movie and Iron Man 3 were shot in the state but last year the filming incentive programme was downgraded to a relatively minor grant system.

Since January 2015, state authorities have in fact tripled the size of the annual film fund to $30m. This broadens North Carolina’s appeal mainly to higher-profile TV productions, but support for feature films remains capped at just $5m per movie, blunting the state’s national appeal to big-budget studio shoots.  

For more on filming in North Carolina see our production guide.