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Homeland Garners Another Honor

Dec 13, 2011

NC-filmed series named one of 2011's top series by AFI

LOS ANGELES—Just days after being nominated for three awards by the Writers Guild of America, including Best Drama, the production team behind the hit Showtime series production Homeland has learned it has been named one of the top series in 2011 by the American Film Institute (AFI).

Joining Homeland in the best “top series in 2011” category are Boardwalk Empire, Breaking Bad, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Game of Thrones, The Good Wife, Justified, Louie, Modern Family and Parks and Recreation.

The AFI Awards honor excellence in moving image arts within the context of a Year in Review as part of the institutes that mandate the creation of an annual almanac of records to preserve the evolution of the moving image arts in the 21st century.  The Awards record each year’s most outstanding achievements in film, television and other forms of the moving image arts.  Honorees are selected by a unique jury process comprised of experts from across the moving images communities – including scholars, critics, film and television artists and AFI Trustees.

The honorees-only gathering is the only form of national recognition that honors the creative ensemble as a whole (both in front and behind the camera) and is popular with talent because of its intimacy, collaborative recognition and there are no winners or losers.

Homeland just recently wrapped its first season.  The series shot on location within North Carolina’s Charlotte Region and created 150 crew positions and over 3,500 talent opportunities while having a direct-spend in excess of $30,000,000.  The series has set several viewer records for Showtime including being the network’s highest rated drama premiere in eight years and has maintained a viewership of over 1 million per episode.  It was recently renewed for a 12-episode second season.

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