Location Scout NYC Area News 2018

Location Scout R. Richard Hobbs News

As has been my practice for several years now, I am posting my own personal location scout career news as well as other current industry news as seems relevant and (hopefully) interesting to readers of my website. Please return to this post throughout 2018 for periodic updates!

I’d like to once again thank Teamsters Local 817 and all my union brothers and sisters for all the collective enthusiasm and hard work that got us our first contract, which started September 2017! SOLIDARITY!

Manifest Pilot

I worked several days as a day-player location scout on a pilot, working title MANIFEST / It’s a fascinating story line (a fictional drama based on the story of a disappeared real plane (Malaysia Airlines Flight 370) and hopefully, the tv pilot show will get picked up (if not already?)


MANIFEST has been picked up for series


In 2013, Flight 828 disappeared. Today, it came home. Melissa Roxburgh and Josh Dallas star in the new drama Manifest from Executive Producer Robert Zemeckis, coming soon to NBC.
Available until 05/26/18

Deadline Hollywood: David Frankel To Direct NBC’s ‘Manifest’ Pilot From Jeff Rake & Robert Zemeckis

Deadline Hollywood: David Frankel To Direct NBC’s ‘Manifest’ Pilot From Jeff Rake & Robert Zemeckis

by Denise Petski January 30, 2018 3:09pm

Two-time Emmy winner David Frankel has been tapped to direct and executive produce Manifest, NBC’s missing plane mystery pilot from The Mysteries of Laura creator Jeff Rake, producer Robert Zemeckis, and Warner Bros. TV.

Written/executive produced by Rake, Manifest explores a hypothetical scenario surrounding the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. What if the plane and its passengers suddenly reappeared? In Manifest, a plane disappears from radar and returns five years later after being untraceable and presumed lost at sea. No time has passed for those on the plane, but for their loved ones at home, a long five years have gone by. The series follows their personal lives as well as the larger mystery and purpose that is their destiny.

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NBC Missing Plane Drama Pilot ‘Manifest’ Casts Melissa Roxburgh, Josh Dallas in Lead Roles






Wikipedia: Malaysia Airlines Flight 370

Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 (MH370/MAS370)[a] was a scheduled international passenger flight that disappeared on 8 March 2014 while flying from Kuala Lumpur International Airport, Malaysia, to its destination, Beijing Capital International Airport in China. The aircraft has not been recovered, and the cause of the disappearance remains unknown.

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Boeing 777-200ER Malaysia AL (MAS) 9M-MRO - MSN 28420 404 (9272090094)


I was back @BILLIONS as a staff location scout and also did pre-pre-production scouting starting late May 2017. We recently wrapped and I am currently available for new IBT Local 817 contract work. Season 3 of BILLIONS began airing March 25, 2018 / be sure and watch! BILLIONS is a well written drama show with lots of interesting characters taking place in New York City.

Emmy® and Golden Globe® winners Paul Giamatti and Damian Lewis star in a complex drama about power politics in the world of New York high finance. Shrewd, savvy U.S. Attorney Chuck Rhoades (Giamatti) and the brilliant, ambitious hedge fund king Bobby “Axe” Axelrod (Lewis) are on an explosive collision course, with each using all of his considerable smarts, power and influence to outmaneuver the other. The stakes are in the billions in this timely, provocative series.


BILLIONS website @ Showtime




Power shifts. Alliances change. #Billions will return to #Showtime for Season 4.

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Looks like filming incentives returning to New Jersey / NorthJersey.com: Studios ‘lining up at the gate’ to film in New Jersey once tax credit bill is signed

Michael W. Curley, Jr., Staff Writer, @mwcurleyjr Published 5:31 a.m. ET April 21, 2018

North Jersey.com: Fort Lee’s French Connection

With the state’s film tax credit bill now past the Senate and the Assembly, production companies are eager to work in the Garden State, say those in the industry.

Tom Bernard, co-president of Sony Pictures Classics, said production companies are “lining up” to bring their studios across the Hudson River.

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Hearing to bring film incentives back to NJ

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Variety: United States Tax Incentives Map

Producers who plan to shoot their film, television, animation or web based production should begin their process by reviewing the production incentives many states have to offer. With 37 states currently providing an assortment of tax credits or rebates that cover everything from actors, crew and post production, important decisions can be made regarding every phase of a shoot that may save hundreds of thousands of dollars. Variety 411 offers a comprehensive production incentive chart that gives an overview of what each state has to offer, allowing you to make choices that result in a cost-effective and successful project.

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Springtime in Clifton

…just couldnt help myself 😉

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NYT: Clifton, N.J.: Where a Lot of Little Worlds Commingle

Living In / By JAY LEVIN MARCH 14, 2018

Helen Rosario and Erdal Gerda didn’t venture far when they left Passaic, the historically industrial city in northern New Jersey where they grew up. In 2014, the couple bought a three-bedroom split-level on a quintessentially suburban street in Clifton, Passaic’s larger neighbor.

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