Wednesday, May 01, 2013

McDonnell: National Geographic to film 'Killing Kennedy' in Richmond

Press release from Governor Bob McDonnell's office....

RICHMOND – Governor Bob McDonnell announced today that the National Geographic Channel (NGC) will be returning to Richmond, Virginia, to film Bill O’Reilly’s historical narrative Killing Kennedy, the follow-up to his immensely popular book Killing Lincoln. NGC will once again team with Ridley Scott and Scott Free Productions who produced Killing Lincoln in 2011. Killing Lincoln was the first factual drama produced by NGC, and premiered as the most watched show in channel's history. It has since aired globally on National Geographic Channels worldwide in 171 countries and 38 languages. The new project will film in the Richmond, Virginia, area in 2013.

Governor McDonnell remarked, “I am so pleased that our recent visit with Scott Free Productions in Los Angeles will result in more jobs back here in Virginia. We appreciate our relationship with these clients, and look forward to welcoming them back to the Commonwealth.”

“It is an honor and pleasure to again work with NGC and Scott Free Productions,” commented Virginia Film Office director Andy Edmunds. “Their artistic vision, passion for authenticity and talented professional actors and crew always result in the best possible experience during filming and on the screen. Our ongoing partnership will hopefully lead to even more jobs for Virginians in the future.”

Killing Kennedy recounts the events and aftermath surrounding the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Executive Producer Ridley Scott has a long history as a producer, including his early work on Blade Runner and Thelma and Louise. He has previously worked in Virginia as producer of Hannibal, G.I. Jane, and Killing Lincoln. Casting for the project is in progress.

The film industry in Virginia plays a significant role in the state’s economy. In 2011, total economic impact of the film and television industry in Virginia was $394.4 million, a 14.5 percent increase over 2010. In addition, 3,817 jobs were attributed to the film industry in 2011, up from 2,651 jobs in 2010. Killing Kennedy is eligible for film incentives after their production is completed. For more information about Virginia’s film industry, visit the Virginia Film Office website at

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