TV show to film in BR

29 August 2011

“Breakout Kings,” a popular TV show on the A&E Network, will likely begin shooting its second season in Baton Rouge. The show’s first season was produced in Toronto.

Nick Santora, one of the show’s creators and executive producers, announced the move Aug. 19 via Twitter.

Local officials would only say they are planning a large announcement regarding “Breakout Kings” next month.

“Mayor (Kip) Holden and the ‘Breakout Kings’ team are holding a press conference next month where more specifics will be presented,” said Amy Mitchell-Smith, executive director of the Baton Rouge Film Commission.

“I can’t really comment about it just yet,” said Patrick Mulhearn, director of studio operations at Raleigh Studios at the Celtic Media Centre in Baton Rouge. “We’ll be making a big announcement with the Mayor’s Office when they hit the ground in about two weeks.”

A number of feature films were produced in Baton Rouge last year, but little in the way of television shows. Landing a hit TV series has long been a goal for the Baton Rouge film community.

“This production, should it determine that Louisiana is the best place for filming, will be another great title to add to our ever-expanding canon of work,” said Chris Stelly, executive director of Louisiana Entertainment, a division of the Louisiana Department of Economic Development. “It speaks volumes to the credibility of our incentive program and the hard work that is being done by our office to provide stability for filmmakers.”

The show has not yet applied to participate in the state’s film tax credit incentive program, Stelly noted.

“Breakout Kings” follows a couple of U.S. marshals in their search for fugitives. The marshals use an unorthodox approach: using fugitives to catch fugitives.

They’ve formed a special task force made up of convicts.

The show stars Jimmi Simpson as Lloyd Lowery, a former child prodigy and behaviorist/psychiatric expert who excels in psychoanalysis; Malcolm Goodwin as Shea Daniels, an ex-gangbanger who knows how to work the system in prison and on the street; and Serinda Swan as Erica Reed, a sexy expert tracker who learned her trade from her bounty hunter father.

SOURCE: Skip Descant, The Advocate