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Town Board OK's Filming In Armonk Of TV Pilot Starring Sarah Jessica Parker

Patty Carey-Perazzo speaks at the North Castle Town Board meeting.
Patty Carey-Perazzo speaks at the North Castle Town Board meeting. Photo Credit: Tom Auchterlonie

ARMONK, N.Y. -- The North Castle Town Board voted to grant a film permit to a production company for shooting scenes to be included in a pilot episode for a new television show starring Sarah Jessica Parker.

The pilot for the show, which is titled "Divorce," is for HBO. It would be the second HBO series for Parker who starred in "Sex And The City," which ran from the late 1990s to early 2000s.

The production company, Across the Pond Productions, is covered by the film permit from Feb. 23 to March 6. Hours allowed on days in which shooting for the show is done would be from 6 a.m. to 3 a.m., with a maximum of 16 hours allowed per day. On non-shooting days when work is being done at the site, the allowable hours are from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. North Castle will charge a daily fee of $2,500 in connection with the permit.

The permit's approval is subject to conditions, including consultation with the police department about traffic and vehicular routing, along with getting more information about insurance.

Patty Carey-Perazzo, who said she is a location manager for HBO, called the show a "dramedy," which is a mix of comedy and drama. The show takes place in Westchester, she said, adding the house was chosen because it is is “architecturally significant.”

“It’s a special house," she added.

Scenes for a cocktail party in the pilot are proposed on site, with most of the shooting taking place at night, according to Carey-Perazzo. Work would be largely indoors.

The shooting would include a scene where emergency vehicles come in; Carey-Perazzo added that there don't need to be sirens.

Shooting would take place over three to four days, Carey-Perazzo explained, with the remainder involving preparation work and subsequently wrapping up.

Carey-Perazzo sought a late-night allowable timeline in order to have flexibility. A reason she cited involves a union condition that fixes when shooting can start to when work from the previous date ended.

Carey-Perazzo also discussed crew details. A crew usually has about 75 to 100 people, she explained, with cast members for the party scene ranging from 35 to 40 people. At a given time, there would be 75 to 100 people on site, she explained.

Trucks with equipment would be brought on site, while crew would meet at another site - a location has yet to be determined but the nearby Whippoorwill golf club has been eyed - and take vans to the property.

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