June 4, 2005

Sea-Based NBC Series to Be Filmed in N.C.

RALEIGH, N.C. -- "Fathom," a new NBC series starring Lake Bell, will be filmed in Wilmington.

The drama, about a new form of life lurking in the sea, will begin shooting in July, according to a news release Friday from state legislators who got the news from NBC Universal studio officials this week.

Bell played lawyer Sally Heep on the ABC legal drama "Boston Legal."

The pilot for "Fathom," which is set to premiere this fall, was shot in California. NBC chose North Carolina in part because of a proposed film incentives program before the Legislature, the news release said.

Bills filed in the House and Senate by Wilmington-area lawmakers would give tax credits and grants equal to 15 percent of what a production spends in North Carolina. Neither measure has yet to be heard. The credit could cost $4.8 million to $5.4 million annually.


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