Television Pilot Filming in Lithonia

Project expected to wrap up later this month, county spokesman said.

A bit of Hollywood has come to South DeKalb County.

If the project's impressive wooden structure constructed in the Carriage Park subdivision doesn't turn your head as you travel past it on Browns Mill Road, the production vehicles lining the residential street (as well as the fleet parked at Arabia Mountain High School nearby), big lights, and security will most certainly get folks' attention.

Indeed, a television pilot is filming, confirmed Burke Brennan, DeKalb County's chief communications officer. He said work would wrap up later this month and that a company called Bonanza Productions is involved. Patch contacted a production company of the same name listed with a Decatur address, but was told it is not the one involved in the pilot in Lithonia.

Brennan did not have additional details on what the pilot is about, but WXIA-11 Alive reported that the drama is an NBC pilot by the creator of the series "Lost." WXIA's story also includes an interview with a resident who said the neighborhood was not consulted about the production, which has created some problems including dirt from trucks.

Film projects shooting in the state, according to the Georgia Department of Economic Development, include: a project starring Kevin Bacon, March 14 through April 9; and an untitled neighborhood project by the Oprah Winfrey Network, April 25-June 6, which has a three-week prep time before its start, said Stefanie Paupeck  communications specialist with the department.

Editor's Note: This article has been updated to include information from, and links to, WXIA-11 Alive's story.

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Paula Young March 17, 2012 at 03:36 AM
This production Co. took advantage of this community, they came in without notice and set up without ever speaking to or giving notice to to the neighborhood. The neighborhood is outraged at the whole thing. This is the county also failing it's citizen and allowing anyone to come in without notice to take over a community trying to protect what they know as home. Something has to be done about how the county will just allow a permit for anything to take place in Dekalb County and not protecting it's tax paying citizens. We have to lean from this and be ready when it's time to vote.
Alex March 17, 2012 at 05:07 AM
I live near and drive by Carriage Park almost daily. Were those homes rentals? I just don't understand how this production can monopolize a whole cul-de-sac.
Leslie Johnson March 17, 2012 at 04:32 PM
Thanks for your comments, Paula and Alex. Is there a homeowners association that's brought up some of the issues with either the county or the production company?
D. Watkins March 19, 2012 at 08:30 PM
I am a resident of Carriage Park and I am outraged as I was not given any sort of notice that this would be happening. I do not understand how a production company can come in and take over a neighborhood without informing the residents. It is a traffic jam to leave and return to our homes, which is a disruption. I have seen people ticketed and arrested because they simply want to either go home (not wait 20-40 minutes to drive into the subdivision) or go to work/school. I am ready to move somewhere where home ownership is respected.
Leslie Johnson March 20, 2012 at 03:00 PM
D. Watkins, thanks for your comment. I'm sorry to hear about the issues Carriage Park residents are having to face. What's the average wait to exit or enter the neighborhood?


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