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Governor McAuliffe announces TV series pilot for Virginia

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RICHMOND (WSLS) - Governor Terry McAuliffe announced Monday that ABC Signature, a division of ABC Studios, has chosen Virginia for "Point of Honor", the pilot for the television series ABC is co-producing with Amazon Studios.

The original series is a historical drama about a Virginia family whose lives are torn apart by the Civil War. Filming will take place in September around central Virginia and streaming episodes will be part of the Amazon prime service, which provides original filmed content to members.

Director Randall Wallace, who graduated from E.C. Glass High School in Lynchburg and went on to direct the 2010 film Secretariat about Virginia’s legendary triple-crown winning thoroughbred, will helm the project. Wallace is also known for his screenplay for Braveheart and most recently wrote and directed the touching film Heaven is for Real. Point of Honor is co-written and produced by Carlton Cuse, executive producer for the hit series Lost, for which he won an Emmy, a Golden Globe, a Producer’s Guild Award and a Writer’s Guild Award.

Maurice Jones, Virginia Secretary of Commerce and Trade says the series will boost the state's film industry credibility and will bring a lot of jobs to the state.

Point of Honor will be eligible for a film tax credit and funding from the Governor’s Motion Picture Opportunity Fund. The exact amount will be based on how much money the production spends within the state, and certain deliverables to promote tourism in Virginia.

In 2012, the economic impact of the film and television industry in Virginia totaled $328.4 million and provided 3,061 jobs with $50.5 million in tax revenue.

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