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Feb 13

McKinney: Proud to be a Certified Film Friendly City

Posted on February 13, 2019 at 1:02 AM by Beth Shumate

FFTXCertified_Logo_LargeThe McKinney Convention & Visitors Bureau excitedly shares an announcement made by Texas Governor Greg Abbott last week (February 8, 2019), certifying McKinney as a designated Film Friendly Texas community by the Texas Film Commission.

The McKinney Convention& Visitors Bureau recently completed the multi-step training and certification process in order to qualify for this special designation from the Texas Film Commission. The TFC helps to grow local jobs and local economies by promoting the Lone Star State as the premier destination for film, television, commercial, animation, visual effects and video game production. 
“I congratulate the City of McKinney on earning the Film Friendly Texas designation,” said Governor Abbott. “Texas has much to offer, and through the Film Friendly Texas training and certification process, communities large and small are readied to help match local businesses with production-related needs, creating jobs for Texas-based crew members and local residents as well as spurring on-site spending at local small businesses. And I am proud of all that the Texas Film Commission has accomplished in helping communities like McKinney to grow their local economy."

TV shows and movies filmed in and around McKinney include: 
  • Virgil, Texas Revisited (2017)
  • Undercover Boss – Marco’s Pizza (2016)
  • Prepper (2016) 
  • The Real Housewives of Dallas (TV Series: 2016) 
  • Hoovey (2015)
  • Lone Star Law (TV Series: 2015)
  • Rooms To Go(Commercial: 2015)
  • Toyota (Commercial: 2015)
  • Shark Tank, Season 5 (TV Episode: 2013)
  • Catfish (Reality Show MTV: 2014
  • Troubador TX, Season 3 (TV Episode: 2014)
  • Language of a Broken Heart (2011)
  • Chase, Season 1 (TV Series: 2010)
  • Prison Break, Season 2(TV Series: 2006)
  • A Promise To Carolyn (TV Movie: 1996) 
  • Walker, Texas Ranger(TV Series: 1993-2001)
  • An American Story (TV Movie: 1992)
  • A Killing in a Small Town (TV Movie: 1990)
  • When the Time Comes (TV Movie: 1987)
  • True Stories(1986)
  • Benji (1974)
"Filmmakers and TV producers have enjoyed coming to McKinney for years, thanks to the authenticity of the community," said Dee-dee Guerra, executive director of the McKinney Convention & Visitors. "Being officially certified by the state as a Film Friendly City is an exciting step forward in attracting even more productions to come here. We're very proud to have earned this certification from Governor Abbott's office."

The City of McKinney joins more than 120 Film Friendly Texas communities that receive ongoing training and guidance from the Texas Film Commission on media industry standards, best practices and how to effectively accommodate on-location filming activity in their community.
The Texas Film Commission in the Office of the Governor’s Economic Development and Tourism Division has attracted $1.39 billion in local spending and created more than 153,000 production jobs across the state from 2007 to 2017.
For more about the Texas Film Commission, visit: