With at least 21 movies, commercials and TV shows already filmed in McKinney, the city has officially received the Film Friendly Texas designation by the Texas Film Commission.
“We have had several movies, short films, independent films, and believe it or not, even some reality shows that have been filmed here in McKinney,” Visit McKinney Executive Director DeeDee Guerra said in an email to Community Impact Newspaper.
Guerra said shows and movies include “Hoovey,” “Catfish,” “Real Housewives of Dallas,” “Prison Break,” “Walker, Texas Ranger,” “Benji,” “Undercover Boss” and more.
The city of McKinney received the Film Friendly Texas designation Feb. 8 after completing a multistep training and certification process.
“I congratulate the city of McKinney on earning the Film Friendly Texas designation,” Gov. Greg Abbott said in the release. “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.”
With this designation, McKinney will join more than 120 other Film Friendly Texas communities. These communities receive ongoing training and guidance from the Texas Film Commission, according to the release.
The Texas Film Commission, which helps promote the state as a destination for television, film, commercial, visual effects, animation and video game production, has attracted $1.39 billion in local spending from 2007-17, according to the release. The commission is a division of the Governor’s Economic Development and Tourism Division.
“I am proud of all that the Texas Film Commission has accomplished in helping communities like McKinney to grow their local economy,” Abbott said.