For Immediate Release

Contact: Lisa Simmons
Director of Communications, MOTT

MA Film Office announces HBO and Playtone
filming 4-part miniseries on North Shore this fall.

BOSTON, MA. August 29, 2013 – The Massachusetts Film Office announces HBO and Playtone will begin filming Olive Kitteridge next week on MA’s North Shore throughout the fall of 2013.

Olive Kitteridge is an HBO Miniseries presentation of a Playtone production in association with As Is. Executive producers Tom Hanks, Gary Goetzman, Frances McDormand and Jane Anderson. The miniseries is directed by Lisa Cholodenko. Steven Shareshian is co-executive producer; David Coatsworth is producer.

The four-part drama stars Frances McDormand in the title role and Richard Jenkins as Olive’s husband, Henry Kitteridge.

Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Elizabeth Strout, with a screenplay written by Jane Anderson, Olive Kitteridge tells the alternately poignantly sweet, acerbically funny, and devastatingly tragic story of a seemingly placid New England town wrought with illicit affairs, crime and tragedy, told through the lens of Olive, whose wicked wit and harsh demeanor mask a warm but troubled heart and a staunch moral center.

“We welcome HBO and Playtone to Massachusetts” said Lisa Strout, Director of the Massachusetts Film Office, “and are so pleased to host such a prestigious project with such extraordinary talent.”

This is HBO’s second recent production in the Commonwealth of MA. “Clear History,” with Larry David, Jon Hamm, Kate Hudson, Michael Keaton and Eva Mendes, filmed on the North Shore in 2012. The comedy debuted on HBO earlier this month.

The production has hired and cast locally, and is utilizing Massachusetts-based businesses and services.


About the MFO
The Massachusetts Film Office is the official state agency charged with assisting movie-making in Massachusetts and marketing the state to national and international audiences. It is located at 10 Park Plaza, Boston – within the Mass. Office of Travel + Tourism. Lisa Strout, Director. Phone:617-973-8400 Website:

About MOTT
The Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism (MOTT) is the state agency dedicated to promoting Massachusetts as a leisure-travel destination. An integral part of the state’s economy, tourism generates $16.9 billion in travel related expenditures and supports 124,700 in-state jobs.

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