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Clarksville-Montgomery County Supports Recent Filming of Lifetime Show Coming Home

March 5, 2011 | Email This Post Print This Post
 

The Convention & Visitors Bureau and Lifetime Network Thanks the Community for Their Support

Clarksville Montgomery County Convention and Visitors BureauClarksville, TN – The Clarksville-Montgomery County Convention and Visitors Bureau appreciates the community support received during the recent recording of Lifetime Network’s newest reality show Coming Home.

The premise of the reality show is to recognize the struggles of military families and those who serve. Military family reunions have become an online sensation, where millions of people have been inspired watching footage of loved ones reconnecting with their Service Member. Coming Home follows the lives of military families across the nation. During each segment the deployed soldier comes home to surprise his or her family in a dramatic, and emotional, reunion. The film crew had been to several other military communities including: Norfolk, VA; Camp Lejeune, NC and aboard the USS Harry S. Truman before visiting Clarksville.

Clarksville’s proximity to Fort Campbell is what initially drew the Lifetime crew to the area. Once filming began, however, their desire to remain in our city was fueled by their interest in our community. The Clarksville-Montgomery County Convention and Visitors Bureau provided assistance to the film crews with site arrangements, scouting and ease of access to local attractions. This combined with the abundance of support generated by community leaders and local businesses kept the crew in Montgomery County for over nearly two months.

The original schedule had the crew in Clarksville for just a few weeks. The turning point of their decision to stay in Clarksville longer was completely community driven. While working with the Convention and Visitors Bureau, the crew was introduced to city and county government officials, the police department and local businesses. Lifetime saw what a positive group of community leaders existed in Montgomery County. The decision to extend Clarksville’s presence on the show to eight feature stories was made. The producers are confident that Clarksville will be in all 13 episodes of the series.

Lifetime’s economic impact is proof that remaining a film-friendly community not only benefits the production companies but the Clarksville area as well. With over $350,000 in direct spending by the 30 member film crew, the impact on local hotels, restaurants and businesses is very positive. Patti Duce, production manager for Coming Home, said she was thrilled with the response by the community and insists if Clarksville remains a film-friendly location, larger production companies will be headed to the area. “We hope this effects the people of Clarksville in a positive way; because this has been such a great experience for us,” said Matt Rogers, host of the new show.

“The community, film crew and CVB staff came together and made this possible,” said Doug Barber, Convention and Visitors Bureau Film Industry Liaison. From the extras needed to fill crowd shots, to the support of local restaurants and stores, when the call was made to the community they always answered. The positive response was such a relief for the film crews, who usually struggle with support in other communities. “We can’t thank everyone enough for their time and dedication throughout this project,” said Barber.

“Coming Home” will premiere Sunday, March 6th at 9:00pm, CST, on Lifetime. To follow the show’s progress and see the episode line-up, go online to www.mylifetime.com where you can also link to the show’s Facebook page.

About The Convention and Visitor Bureau

The Clarksville Montgomery County Convention and Visitors Bureau is an agency of the Economic Development Council. One of the roles the CVB plays is acting as a liaison to film industry representatives while they are in the Clarksville-Montgomery County area. Past relationships and film opportunities have included music videos, television episodes and commercials. Most notably are the Maxwell House coffee commercial, Sheryl Crow’s music video “All I Want to Do” and two episodes of ABC’s Extreme Home Makeover: Home Edition. To find out more about bringing film into the Clarksville area, contact Doug Barber, CVB Film Liaison, at 931-245-4344 or email .us.

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