If American film producers have thus far been slow to warm up to Greater Seattle, China’s eagerness might change their minds. DMG Entertainment, the Beijing company that co-produced “Iron Man 3,” just signed a MoU with Washington Filmworks in Beijing last Wednesday to film a new Chinese TV drama on location around Seattle. Shooting is slated to begin next year, and will be broadcast in China on CCTV, the country’s largest network, reaching more than 1.2 billion people. DMG has worked hard to cultivate stateside partnerships, frequently hosting American congressional delegations at their offices in Beijing. Noting DMG’s interest, a team comprised of WA Filmworks, Bellevue Mayor Conrad Lee, and the WA Dept. of Commerce recognized an opportunity to further expand our state’s already robust trade relationship and increase investment in the state’s film industry.
Similar efforts are paying off for the City of Everett. The new film, “The Architect,” with stars from HBO’s “True Blood,” and Showtime’s “The Tudors,” is currently filming on location in the city, the second production there in less than a year. Meghan Pembroke, the city’s spokeswoman to the production, sees the short street closures as a small price to pay for the surge of business that film crews bring to Everett companies, not to mention the increased spotlight they bring to the city. “We have mountains, waterfront, and old houses on Rucker Avenue. Plus, we don’t have traffic jams” she said. “We work hard to help movie crews. We have a streamlined process … to make Everett more attractive for movie shooting.”