For Immediate Release
May 14, 2015
Ricardo Flores, Utah Film Commission
ABC TV Series, “OIL” to Begin Production
Starring Don Johnson, Chace Crawford and Rebecca Rittenhouse, the ABC series could have a significant impact to the state
Salt Lake City, UT – ABC has announced that the television show “OIL” will be picked up for 13 episodes. The pilot episode was filmed in Utah this past March and it is looking increasingly likely that the beehive state will be the filming location for the additional 12 episodes. “OIL” will air this fall during the ABC primetime line-up on Sunday nights following “Once Upon a Time.”
The series follows Billy (Chace Crawford) and Cody (Rebecca Rittenhouse), a young couple that decide to head to the oil fields of North Dakota, where the biggest oil rush in American history has just occurred. While pursuing their fortune, their lives soon get intertwined with an ensemble group of interesting characters including a powerful oil tycoon (Don Johnson).
“The Utah Film Commission is highly optimistic about our negotiations with ABC to shoot their new series “OIL” here. A television series would bring more jobs for locals, a boost to the economy, and a lot of credibility to our state’s film industry. We had a great experience working with them on the pilot and we anticipate official confirmation of the series locations will come in early June.” said Virginia Pearce, director of the Utah Film Commission.
The pilot episode was approved for a Utah motion picture incentive and filmed across the northern part of the state, including Ogden, Huntsville, Midvale and Oakley. The production also hired over 180 Utah cast and crew and has a projected spend of $5.1 million in the state.
About Utah Film Commission
The Utah Film Commission is part of the Utah Office of Tourism, Film and Global Branding under the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, and is a member of the Association of Film Commissioners International. The Commission was established in 1974 to market the entire State of Utah as a destination for film, television, and commercial productions by promoting local professional industry crew, services and locations. The Utah Film Commission also manages the Utah Motion Picture Incentive Program, offerring a 20 – 25 percent tax credit for approved productions.