BANGOR, Maine — The pilot of a new reality TV show is set to be shot in Bangor beginning Friday, according to a press release from the Maine Department of Economic and Community Development.
The show is being filmed by Engel Entertainment of New York, the same producers responsible for “North Woods Law,” a successful reality TV show focusing on the Maine Warden Service.
The Maine Film Office has issued a media production certificate to the Emmy Award-winning entertainment company for the pilot that focuses on a “very unique Maine family,” according to Engel Entertainment. If the pilot is successful, the new show would air on ABC Family.
No details were given regarding the family being featured.
“The entire state benefits from a vibrant film industry,” Gov. Paul LePage said in the press release. “We have the locations, talented crews and the businesses to supply the goods and services needed to produce a hit television series or a blockbuster movie.”
The producers are expected to employ about three Maine residents and spend more than $170,000 for the weeklong shoot in Maine.
“We are actively marketing Maine as a location for all forms of production,” said Film Office Director Karen Carberry Warhola.
The Maine Film Office is part of the Maine Office of Tourism within the Department of Economic and Community Development. Film, television and commercial production companies spending at least $75,000 in Maine may qualify for the Maine Visual Media Incentive Plan. The incentives are a mix of various rebates and credits.
“Last year the direct spend of the productions that filmed in Maine was almost $40 for every $1 paid out in the incentive program,” noted Carberry Warhola.