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New Millennium's credit list goes on. The Academy
Award-nominated The Contender, starring Jeff Bridges and
Joan Allen, shot interiors at New Millennium and employed its Oval
Office and (styrofoam) White House exterior as have documentaries
in recent years, including an Emmy-winner from the BBC about President
New Millennium is also prepping another Reid-produced
feature (tentatively titled A Deadly Affair), the productions
of which hinges on the writers strike. The Studio just hosted some
spots for K-Mart for The Don Coleman Agency/Detroit.
A previous New Millennium credit is Linc's,
a series Reid created which aired on Showtime for two years. It
was the first multicamera film shoot for a half-our TV series outside
Hollywood or New Your since the The Jackie Gleason Show.
Despite the strides his studio has made, Reid
has been surprised by some reistance to his efforts.
"I think regional people are not coming forward,"
he says. "They think I'm competing with Wilmington [North Carolina],
but the fact is, we're both losing business to Canada. We need to
think collectively to nurture and an industry that's rapidly moved
north. Really, not that much money is separating what we can do
here and what's done in Canada. We have to come up with a plan to
get some of this business back."
Reid points out that only a handful of people gave
New Millennium a chance to survive a year. "We couldn't get a loan.
Virginia only did about $50 million a year in economic impact before
I came here. In our first full year here, 1998, we accounted for
an additional $15 million.
"This isn't an overnight affair. If we stay
here, it's because we have an opportunity to grow. We are doing
what a major studio does on a very small scale. And we're ahead
of schedule, if anything," he reports.
Reid concedes that his venture has its good
and bad days. "We have growing pains like any business. As soon
as people understand that, they'll judge us on a fair level. Look
at Wilmington or any of these places. They didn't happen overnight."
New Millennium's "distractors," as he dubbed
them, "are people who always say 'can't,' those who are fearful
to take a step forward. And when you do, they rag. I'm going against
the grain here."
To Reid, his venture is simply a young business
in the early stages of building a film industry outside Hollywood.
And like Silver Star, setting a precedent.
is the first full-service studio in Virginia, period. That means
we have growning pains. People forget that it took a decade for
Wilmington to get going. The whole idea is a long-term, successful
business. So, we keep going. That's my formula for success."
Mark. R Smith
Markee Magazine, April 2001
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