New TV series turns Richmond into Long Island

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“Turn” films at Shirley Plantation in Charles City. (PHOTO: Tuckahoe Plantation)

RICHMOND, Va. ( – In 2011, the story of Abraham Lincoln rained Hollywood dollars down on Richmond. Now the local economy is seeing the spoils of the Revolutionary War.

Local warehouses, plantations, tow truck operators, restaurants and hardware stores have seen an influx of business from the filming of “Turn,” AMC’s new Revolutionary War-themed series being produced in the area.

That includes “everything from buying paper clips to renting helicopters,” said Andy Edmunds, director of the Virginia Film Office, the state agency that helps bring TV and film productions to the state. “They really do touch all aspects of the economy.”

“Turn” has made parts of Richmond and Central Virginia to look like Long Island, N.Y., during the Revolutionary War, where the story is set.

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  • Glen Allen

    Now this is “nice” economic development! Thanks Mayor Jones. Ummm, oh wait, the Mayor didn’t have anything to do with this, and it didn’t cost local tax paeyer a DIME. Wake up Dwight Jones!

    ~ The Virginia Film Office estimates that 500 small businesses in Virginia will get new customers because of “Turn.” About 200 full-time jobs are expected to be created during filming, from costuming to construction, Edmunds said.

    Edmunds said production companies have an extra incentive to buy local. The state offers rebates or tax credits for 20 to 25 percent of qualified Virginia spending, he said.

    The film office negotiated a perk for Virginia as well. AMC will produce at its own expense a 15-second commercial for Virginia tourism that will run during “Turn.” ~

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