Evergreen Films and New York Times Bestselling Author, Dana Stabenow, Sign Alaska-Centric Television DealANCHORAGE, Alaska, Oct. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Evergreen Films announced today that the company has signed a development deal with New York Times bestselling author Dana Stabenow to bring her popular Kate Shugak, Alaska P.I. mystery series to television.
Through cutting edge production techniques previously reserved for theatrical films, Evergreen promises to show Alaska, the setting for the Shugak stories, as it has never been seen before. "The ability to create a realistic portrayal of Alaska will be critical to communicating the unique Alaska mindset that Kate Shugak embodies," explains Mike Devlin, a partner in Evergreen Films, which has state-of-the-art digital/3D studios in both Los Angeles and Anchorage.
The development deal between Stabenow and Evergreen Films guarantees the majority of the filming and production work on any series will take place in Alaska, where Evergreen Films has established a multi-million dollar post-production facility. "I've been approached in the past to option my stories for television," said Dana Stabenow, "but prior to Evergreen, there were no assurances the production would be filmed in Alaska. My stories are Alaska stories and they need to be told in Alaska. Evergreen Films is located in Alaska, the company does amazing work, and I am thrilled at the prospect of working together."
While Alaska has seemingly been the setting for many popular television and film productions - such as Northern Exposure, Men in Trees and, most recently, The Proposal - none of these productions have actually been filmed in Alaska. Recent tax incentives of up to 44% of a producer's budget, and a growing film community, have worked to reverse this trend by providing ample incentive for Evergreen and other filmmakers to consider Alaska as a prime destination for filming.
Devlin's partner, Pierre de Lespinois, adds, "Through our Anchorage studio, advanced digital filmmaking technology and supporting infrastructure within the state, Evergreen is uniquely positioned to produce films in Alaska. Given their aggressive incentives, we expect this will be the first of many Alaska based projects for our company."
About Evergreen Films, Inc.
The story of Kate Shugak, Alaska P.I. will be brought to life for television using digital production techniques previously reserved for theatrical films - delivering on Evergreen's promise to take each production to an entirely new level of imagination. Through its Anchorage studio, Evergreen Films will employ live action, special effects, virtual sets and compositing to create a television series that shows Alaska as it has never been seen before.
Evergreen likes to think of their work as integrating the vision of the artist with the ingenuity of the engineer: great stories brought to life with the help of breakthrough technology.
Evergreen's team of industry pioneers (in digital filmmaking, CGI animation and 3D) is backed by the best digital technology in the business. Fully equipped production studios in Anchorage and Los Angeles put Evergreen in the heart of Hollywood, while simultaneously allowing the company to grow the film industry in Alaska, which recently passed a top tier film incentive program.
With its own 2D and 3D digital camera systems, insert stage and full service post-production facilities, Evergreen Films is uniquely positioned to produce stories that raise the bar on innovation, character development and audience engagement.
Source: Evergreen Films
Posted: October 29, 2009
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