Wednesday, January 10, 2018

MTV Networks Latin America Wins Miami-Dade County's First Filming Grant For Nickelodeon's 'I Am Frankie' Season 2

Florida - The first production to gain funding under Miami-Dade County’s new film incentive program is a 20-episode MTV Networks Latin America television series continuation. The incentives are geared to fill a gap left when Florida dropped its own film incentives system, a change that sent filming activity and employment in the state into a tailspin.

I Am Frankie

County commissioners acting on a committee’s recommendation approved the maximum incentive, $100,000, under the new county program created last July to Nickelodeon's I Am Frankie Season 2.

The commission’s Economic Development and Tourism Committee recommended the grant award on Thursday, December 14, 2017 and commissioners in a late addition to their agenda approved the grant five days later.

A second MTV Networks Latin America series, 75 one-hour episodes of Club 57, was also recommended for approval and was to have come before the same county committee in December but before the meeting withdrew its application.

For the second season of I Am Frankie, the network, a subsidiary of Viacom, is projecting 50 production days for the half-hour show with a total expenditure of $5.4 million. The network proposes to produce 80% of the productions in Miami and employ 96 county residents, beginning this month, with principal photography starting Monday, March 12.

The cast of I Am Frankie

The show, Deputy Mayor Jack Osterholt told commissioners via memo, centers on Frankie Gaines, who looks perfectly normal “but harbors a big secret: She functions as a high-tech computer, complete with internet access, extensive memory and more.”

“There’s a lot of interest out there for 2018, especially from independent film producers. We urge them to apply” for the incentive program, county Office of Film and Entertainment chief Sandy Lighterman told Miami Today before the grant award.

Citing the loss of millions in revenues in the county “in the absence of state incentives,” Commissioner Sally Heyman proposed the program in June.

To be eligible, companies must spend at least $1 million, film at least 70% of the production here, and hire at least 80% of vendors and contractors locally to receive a tax rebate not to exceed $100,000 per production.

Each year between 2010 and 2016, when Florida had a strong incentive program, film, television, digital media and other productions spent $160 million to $406 million in Miami-Dade, Ms. Heyman’s ordinance said. But after refusing to add new funding to the incentive program for four consecutive years, the state Legislature allowed it to end in 2016.

The grant application for I Am Frankie season two said approval of the tax rebate would be a determining factor in whether to film here or elsewhere. It listed Los Angeles and Atlanta as competitors for the project. In their application, MTV Networks Latin America also said that I Am Frankie season two would be photographed in various locations around Miami-Dade County, if successful.

In I Am Frankie Season 2, Frankie (Alex Hook) finally is fitting in and exploring what it means to be human with the help of her best friend, Dayton (Nicole Alyse Nelson). Things quickly become complicated when a new android arrives at Sepulveda High and the world learns that androids exist. And when WARPA comes back with a new threat, Frankie must struggle to keep her true identity a secret and keep her friends and family safe.

Club 57

The Club 57 series that withdrew its application had listed alternative locations in Colombia and Mexico. Its application cited an expenditure of more than $6.8 million, employing 110 Miami-Dade residents for the projected nine-month production period and producing 80% of the project in the area.

Both series will air on Nickelodeon: Filmed in the new state-of-the-art Viacom International Studios in Miami, I am Frankie was originally produced as Yo Soy Franky by Nickelodeon Latinoamérica in Colombia. The series is created by renowned Argentine writer Marcela Citterio. I am Frankie is produced by Paradiso Pictures and Nickelodeon Latin America, and airs on Nickelodeon channels worldwide; and Club 57 will be made for Nickelodeon Latinoamérica and Nickelodeon Brazil (Brasil).

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Original source: Miami Today.
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