Two Holiday Movies Filming in Detroit


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.