Three TV series "are actively considering" filming in Greater Cincinnati, says Kristen Schlotman, Film Cincinnati executive director.
A series could start shooting here in "a couple of months," Schlotman told WVXU-FM's Cincinnati Edition listeners Wednesday.
When host Michael Monks asked if "big stars" were involved with the potential series, Schlotman said: "Yes, I can't even believe that we're scouting for them right now. It's so incredibly exciting. In fact, one is here, right now. So I'll be with them this afternoon. I'm excited. You will be excited as well."
As usual, she did not mention the names of any shows, actors, directors or producers. I'm presuming the "them" that Film Cincinnati is scouting for, and meeting with, were the series location directors or producers, not the stars.
Schlotman said hosting a TV series is a logical step after Film Cincinnati's strong movie lineup in recent years with Robert Redford's The Old Man & The Gun; Cate Blanchett's Carol; George Clooney's The Ides of March; Oscar-nominated director Yorgos Lanthimos' The Killing Of A Sacred Deer; and the current production of Dry Run with Mark Ruffalo, Anne Hathaway, Bill Camp, Tim Robbins, Bill Pullman and Victor Garber.
"I think you're going to see Netflix here doing an entire series, Amazon here doing an entire series, and working closely with Dayton and Northern Kentucky to make these things as resourceful as possible in the region…. I feel like this is just the beginning," said Schlottman, who appeared on the show with Lisa Grigsby, Film Dayton executive director. Netflix bought Zac Efron's Ted Bundy film shot in Northern Kentucky, Extremely Wicked, Shocking Evil and Vile, after its premiere last month at the Sundance Film Festival.
"We are very, very busy working with several series right now. And it's just making sure that the timelines fit with the time of year that they need for weather," she said. One show is contemporary; one is a period piece; and the third "is also period but not Ohio based. It's going to be in a different state altogether," she said.
"We're really excited about all of them, and hopefully we will have very good news to share with everyone soon."