New reality show conforms to Georgetown County film ordinance

  • Wednesday, February 5, 2014

The first post-film ordinance reality show in Georgetown County has wrapped up a sizzle reel — a promotional film that producers will use to sell their product to a network — with nary a peep from neighbors and county officials.

The show’s producers have promised they will return to Murrells Inlet “in about two months” if they are successful in getting a network deal.

“We did have to go through some hoops, especially in notifying the neighbors,: said Diane Cooney, the executive producer of the show. “But they were welcoming.”

Georgetown County Council member Jerry Oakley, whose district includes Murrells Inlet, said that while the production was done in the Inlet, the impact of the new film ordinance was minimal.

“There was one request to film a specific event that violated the ordinance, so they didn’t do it,” Oakley said.

Cooney said she understood some of the concerns the county had after “Party Down South,” but added that her concept was very different. “We were moving in a different direction,” she said.

One of the main differences was that Cooney’s crew did not rent an Inlet home and have filming going on 24 hours a day, seven days a week. In fact, the filming was not done at a rental home at all, but a private residence, and the majority of the work was done inside the home itself.

For another, while a local restaurant was a host site, the work went on at a time the restaurant was closed and did not disrupt diners or employees.

While Cooney did not publicly discuss her show’s concept, she did reiterate that it was Murrells Inlet’s reputation, which she knew both personally and from friends, that drew her to the marsh as a location.

“We wanted to celebrate some of the heritage and history of the community,” she said.

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