COVID-19 forced a three-month halt to TV and film productions in Hamilton this year, but one new high-profile Netflix production showcases the city’s versatility — The Umbrella Academy.
Netflix released season two of the popular show on July 31, and it features 38 locations around Hamilton, says Debbie Spence, the city’s film business development consultant. Nearly all of them were designed to resemble Dallas, Texas.
The show and its Hamilton crew of 120 generated about $20 million for the local economy last year, including restaurant meals and crew parting gifts, she said. That’s about one third of the total $59 million film productions spent in Hamilton.
All told, the show accounted for 38 of the 790 location permits the city issued to a combined 138 productions last year, Spence said.