TV crew filming Jamestown’s attractions todayToday a professional television crew will be in Jamestown capturing the attractions and people for a segment that will air on national television more than 15 times.
By: Ben Rodgers, The Jamestown Sun
Today a professional television crew will be in Jamestown capturing the attractions and people for a segment that will air on national television more than 15 times.
The video will air on CNN Headline News and Fox Business, under the segment title “Today in America,” hosted by Terry Bradshaw. The segment looks at small towns across America and what selected ones offer in a difficult economic landscape that sets them apart from the rest.
On Sept. 6, the city of Jamestown entered into an agreement with Today in America Production Co. to produce a 5-minute promotional video for around $19,000.
Jamestown Mayor Katie Andersen was approached by the production company, which selected this city after an interview process that lasted three rounds. She said that what Jamestown offers as far as good places to work, live and play is what the segment looks to cover.
“We’re a good fit for all of those things,” she said.
Once completed, the video will also become the property of Jamestown, which will have the rights to use it for promotional reasons.
Andersen said some potential uses of the finished product could be to attract new businesses or new employees to relocate to Jamestown.
“This is a great tool for that,” Andersen said.
The crew will tour Jamestown, stopping at the Jamestown Regional Medical Center, City Hall, McElroy Park, Jamestown High School, Jamestown College, Jamestown Reservoir, Ave Maria Village and Eventide at Hi-Acres and possibly others.
“They’ll kind of hit all of our main highlights,” Andersen said.
Later in the day, between 5:30 and 6:30 p.m., the crew will set up for a shot of the World’s Largest Buffalo, which the public is welcome to attend and participate in as extras.
The is the first time a national television crew has been to Jamestown, said Nina Sneider, executive director of the Buffalo City Tourism Foundation.
This is also the most exposure the World’s Largest Buffalo has received since it was renovated by Hampton Hotels a number of years ago.
There is no set time, but the National Buffalo Museum will be open to keep visitors warm before the shoot.
“They would just like to have some people roaming around,” Sneider said of the filming segment.
The finished segment will air sometime in February.
Sun writer Ben Rodgers can be reached at 701-952-8455 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org