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UNIVERSAL TELEVISION & PEACOCK'S UPCOMING "FIELD OF DREAMS" TO START PRODUCTION IN IOWA
Limited Drama Series Written and Executive Produced by Michael Schur
UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. - May 3, 2022 - Universal Television, a division of Universal Studio Group, today announced that the limited series adaptation from Michael Schur, "Field of Dreams," is establishing production offices and shooting locations in Iowa. Production is slated to begin this summer for the series, which will stream on Peacock.
The project will engage local crew, suppliers and other vendors to support all phases of production, including construction, catering, transportation and set decoration. Renovo Media Group, based in Clear Lake, will support the production with technical equipment and expertise. Musco Lighting, a renowned sports lighting vendor, and subsidiary Iowa Sports Turf will help light, design and construct the baseball field featured in the series.
Universal Television, the studio behind the project, is launching a Production Assistant (P.A.) Bootcamp training program in Iowa that will offer an intensive workshop for the job of P.A., which is the entry-level gateway into the entertainment industry as it has been for many highly successful producers, directors and crew currently working in the industry. This two-day work-based job training program, taking place on June 4 and June 5, will provide selected Iowa residents with an opportunity to gain skills, knowledge and a foundational understanding of a television production.
While filming will take place in various locations throughout the state of Iowa - such as the counties of Polk, Mahaska, Clinton and Boone - the series is also set to shoot in Boston, Massachusetts; Minneapolis, Minnesota; and Los Angeles, California.
Based on the Universal Pictures Academy Award(R)-nominated film of the same name, the Peacock original limited series adaptation will reimagine the mixture of family, baseball and the magic connecting those themes. Produced by Universal Television, the series is written by Michael Schur (Fremulon), who also executive produces alongside Lawrence Gordon (The Gordon Company), David Miner (3 Arts) and Iowa native Morgan Sackett.
"The creative team behind this limited series cares deeply about the legacy of 'Field of Dreams,' and we felt we simply couldn't make it without shooting in Iowa," said executive producers Michael Schur and Morgan Sackett. "You can't think of the movie without thinking of the state - and vice versa. We're thrilled to have the cooperation of Produce Iowa and many local businesses, who will help us bring the series to life."
"We are excited to begin production on 'Field of Dreams' in the location where this momentous journey began... Iowa," said Erin Underhill, President, Universal Television. "We look forward to giving back to the community with our new training initiative and knocking this series out of the park!"
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Universal Television, a division of Universal Studio Group, is one of the largest and most successful television production companies in the world. The studio currently produces more than 40 primetime comedies and dramas as well as late-night programs for a variety of network, cable and digital platforms. Acclaimed series produced by Universal Television include "Hacks," "Never Have I Ever," "Girls5eva," "Rutherford Falls," "Kenan," "Schmigadoon!," "Mr. Mayor," "Young Rock," "Saved by the Bell," "Russian Doll," "The Equalizer," "Grand Crew," "The Gilded Age," and Dick Wolf's enormously successful "Law & Order," "Chicago" and "FBI"-branded series.
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