Hallmark's WHEN CALLS THE HEART to Shoot this Summer in Colorado
When Hallmark Channel's second original Primetime series "When Calls the Heart" begins filming this summer, it will mark the first time a TV series has been shot in the gorgeous surroundings of Telluride, Colorado. It also will be the first narrative TV series shot in Colorado since 1991, when the "Father Dowling Mysteries" series was filmed here. "We are delighted with Hallmark Channel's choice of Colorado for its latest series," said Gov. Hickenlooper. "With Hallmark Channel's brand behind it, the show will have a positive economic impact for our state and provide tremendous national exposure for Telluride and all of Colorado."
Hallmark Channel's choice of Colorado to film episodes of "When Calls the Heart" was facilitated by the Colorado Film Office with the legislation signed last year by Gov. Hickenlooper. Bill Abbott, President and CEO, Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movie Channel, said "Hallmark Channel is coming to the gorgeous state of Colorado. The state provides the perfect backdrop for our Western inspired series, 'When Calls the Heart' and we are incredibly proud to infuse the state's economy with new jobs and resources as a result of filming our family targeted program here." The legislation added incentives to make Colorado more competitive for television and film production. "While we can't compete side-by-side with other state incentive programs, we continue to see the benefits of our modest incentive package coupled with Colorado's talented workforce and extraordinary scenery," said Donald Zuckerman, Colorado's Film Commissioner.
The Colorado Office of Film and Television negotiated the deal with the Motion Picture Corporation of America and Believe Pictures with Brad Krevoy and Brian Bird, two of the executive producers of the Hallmark Channel Original Primetime Series. Brad Krevoy, CEO of MPCA says "We are excited to immerse 'When Calls the Heart' against the rich backdrop of the Colorado Rocky Mountains, providing unrivaled production value to a story that takes place in the North American west one-hundred years ago. Governor Hickenlooper, Donald Zuckerman, John Cullen, Mayor Fraser and Tim Territo have changed our expectations of shooting Colorado, which will allow us to bring economic vitality to the state in the first season alone."
Gov. Hickenlooper, Colorado Film Commissioner Donald Zuckerman, Telluride Mayor Stu Fraser, Colorado Tourism Office director Al White and Telluride Film Commission co-founder Tim Territo played key roles in bringing the Hallmark Channel Original Primetime Series to Telluride, whose economy stands to accrue substantial revenue from the production.