Glover show to be filmed here
Oakland Tribune (February 24, 2003)
OAKLAND -- The streets, valleys and piers of Oakland will be
the backdrop of a Danny Glover vehicle in mid-March titled "The
Henry Lee Project," a private-eye television drama set
The Oakland Film Office said the pilot is being produced by
CBS and Spelling Television, and will run in the fall if it
is picked up by the network.
Ami Zins, coordinator for the Oakland Film Office, said Glover
will play a former Oakland police officer who now works as a
private eye. The show will deal with fictional community crime
issues. She said there will be a background story with Glover's
character, a mystery element the show's writers are still developing.
Best known for his role as Sgt. Roger Murtaugh in the "Lethal
Weapon" action films, Glover is a Bay Area native. "I
would guess that Danny had a lot to do with it because he has
a lot of family here," Zins said. "I would like to
think it's a combination of quality of life and a creative decision.
The Bay Area is so rich interculturally, it makes for a very
good place to write stories."
The show will be filmed entirely in Oakland. Locations throughout
the city, including Jack London Square and residential areas
in East and West Oakland, are still being scouted.
"They're in a scramble right now because they're hiring
people left and right to get set up," Zins said.
Paul Marks, the producer of the show, has worked on TV projects
including "Dawson's Creek," "The Shield"
and "MDs." He produced a TV pilot called "Partners"
three years ago, which was filmed in Oakland, but its premise
was not set in the city. The pilot was not picked up by networks.
Filming will take place for two to three weeks, all on location.
If the show is picked up in May, the production company will
be back in the summer to continue shooting for the average 13-episode
fall television season.
Zins said the economic impact of filming in the city will be
significant. She estimates $20,000 will go to the city's general
fund just for the pilot, and that does not include income from
the employment of local staff and work from local businesses.
The Oakland Film Office said the "Partners" pilot
was made for less than $4 million, most of which was spent in
Last August the Oakland Film Office estimated Oakland workers
and businesses earned $4.1 million from film productions for
the year 2002.
Oakland has been the site of numerous film productions and commercials
in recent years.
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