The Oklahoma Film + Music Office has prequalified of three nationally broadcast television productions. These independently produced projects, American Gods (Starz Network), American Ninja Warrior (NBC and Esquire Network) and Oklahoma City – (working title of Bravo Media), are slated to begin production at various times throughout the upcoming months and will use the Oklahoma Film Enhancement Rebate Program.
“After the state legislature’s decision in early 2014 to renew the Oklahoma Film Enhancement Rebate Program for ten years, OF+MO has the ability to aggressively recruit television productions to the State of Oklahoma,” said OF+MO Director Tava Maloy Sofsky. “Television production companies are looking for states with incentive programs that offer longevity when considering syndication rights for their programs, and we are thankful to our legislature for allowing OF+MO to be in a competitive position among our peers.”
FremantleMedia North America and STARZ are currently in production on the television series American Gods, based on the novel by Neil Gaiman. Oklahoma is one of the series’ filming destinations in the United States. The show is also shooting in Toronto, Canada. Previously announced, NBC and Esquire Network will bring the filming of the summer reality television competition American Ninja Warrior (Season 8) to Oklahoma’s State Capitol in early May.
Kristen Stabile, executive vice president of productions of A. Smith & Co. Productions, said, “We started this process more than a year ago and with the support and hard work of the Oklahoma City Office of Sports Business, the Oklahoma Film + Music Office and Senator David Holt, we are excited to bring our television show to the state of Oklahoma. We always knew that Oklahoma City would be a perfect fit for our show.”
Notable OKC competitors are Las Vegas finalists Brent Steffensen, Sam Sann, Daniel Gil, and top female competitor Kacy Catanzaro. Local competitors are David King (Lawton), Tim Wood (Porum), Gary Guffey (Claremore), Tom Mortimer (Owasso) and Saul “Flip” White, Jr. (Tulsa). The series will premiere on NBC on June 1, with a two-hour episode at 8 p.m., with encore presentations beginning June 2, at 8 p.m. on Esquire Network. For tickets to the live taping of the event, visit On-Camera Audiences at www.on-camera-audiences.com/shows/American_Ninja_Warrior.