Two Holiday Movies Filming in Detroit


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TV One’s holiday movies Royal Family Thanksgiving and Royal Family Christmas are now filming in Detroit, until early September. The projects are eligible to receive more than $170,000 and $150,000 incentives, respectively, from the Michigan Film Office.

The eligible incentive amount for the Royal Family Thanksgiving is based on private spending of more than $500,000, while the eligible amount for Royal Family Christmas is based on private spending of more than $490,000. The incentive for each movie is based on the hiring of nearly 60 Michigan workers and nearly 10 extras.

Featuring a cast including Vivica Fox and Romeo Miller, the stories follow a middle-class African American family and the ups and downs of family relationships strained by the holiday season.

Royal Family Thanksgiving premieres 8 p.m. Nov. 21, and Royal Family Christmas will air 8 p.m. Dec. 5.  

Earlier this summer, legislation was signed to eliminate the program for film and digital media incentives. Incentive agreements for these two films were approved before the legislation took effect.

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