The Pittsburgh Film Office has been made aware that scammers may be targeting crew members with false job offers.

Please be wary of suspicious emails, and please contact the Pittsburgh Film Office to verify the legitimacy of any productions.

Please be careful and investigate job offers before going to any location. Ask questions and do research. Do not freely give personal information.

Segments from The Big K Morning Show with Larry Richert and Dawn Keezer

February 29th, 2024







Dawn Keezer “Larry’s day at the movies!”

Dawn Keezer, Executive Director at the Pittsburgh Film Office joins Larry in the studio for the show. They discuss current film projects in Pittsburgh, the importance of hiring local talent, the movie Larry appeared in, and the craft service industry.
Lela Checco “What is craft service?”

Lela Checco, who works in craft services in the Pittsburgh film industry. She talks about what craft service is and what her job entails.
Keith Frank “Transportation in the movie industry”

Keith Frank, VP Teamsters Local 249, joins Larry and Dawn to discuss what Teamsters 249 does for the Pittsburgh Film industry and why they are important.
Gannon Murphy “Cinelease Studios”

Gannon Murphy, VP of Cinelease Studios, joins Larry and Dawn to discuss what the company does and the studio space they have in Pittsburgh.
Dr. Mike Hutchinson “Dr. Mike: Pet rats”

Dr. Mike Hutchinson from Animal General joins Larry and Dawn for his weekly segment. They discuss pet rats, animal dewormers, and baby teeth in dogs.
Katie Shenot “Casting directors”

Katie Shenot, Casting Director at Mosser Casting, joins Larry and Dawn to discuss her career in the industry.

Camera Bartolotta

“Film tax credit program”

Senator Camera Bartolotta joins Larry and Dawn to discuss her experience in the film industry and why it is important to bring movie productions into Pittsburgh. She also discusses the film tax credit program and why it is needed to bring more movies to Pittsburgh.
David Haddad “Filming FLASHDANCE”

David Haddad, Owner of Haddad Studios also joins to discuss his experience with the movie “Flashdance” and how his trucking business contributes to the Pittsburgh movie industry.
Kristy Graver “Pittsburgh Magazine 2/29/24”

Kristy Graver from Pittsburgh Magazine joins for her weekly segment.
Mamie Stein “What is a key grip and a best boy?”

Mamie Stein, IATSE 489 President and Set Dresser joins Dawn and Larry to discuss what IATSE does and how the job selection process works. She also explains some of the lesser known jobs within the film production industry.
Rodney Morrow “Film industry and local hotels”

Rodney Morrow, Director of Sales & Marketing at the Fairmont Hotel joins Larry and Dawn to discuss how the movie industry helps the business at the Fairmont Hotel. Larry and Dawn also discuss Dr. Laurie Santos speaking for the Pittsburgh Speaker Series last night.
Morgan Overton “Jobs in the film industry”

Morgan Overton, the Workforce Director at CREATE PA joins to discuss how to get a job in the film industry and the program offered at the Pittsburgh Film Office.



Films shot in and around Pittsburgh include classics like The Silence of the Lambs and The Dark Knight, as well as recent productions like The Man Called Otto and The Pale Blue Eye,and TV shows like American Rust and The Mayor of Kingstown. Film and TV spending is steady, regularly coming to about $150 million per year.

The Steel City has a modern sheen it’s hard to replicate elsewhere, but with its historic buildings, three rivers, sweeping bridges, and nearby mountains, it can stand in for a wide range of other cities and time periods. Don’t visit Pittsburgh without filming — or at least riding — the cars of the Duquesne or Monongahela inclines, the two funiculars up Mount Washington that will make you feel like you’re living in the Swiss Alps while giving you a spectacular view of the city’s skyline.

They’re among the many charms of this city, more affordable than the U.S. average, that offers easy permitting, many free locations, including several bridges and parks, and four full crews. The number of crew members is growing thanks to a new workforce development program that has graduated about 75 people with paths to union membership.

The tax incentives are also impressive: Pennsylvania offers 25% for eligible projects, with an extra 5% if you use qualified production studios or post-production facilities. It also offers many equipment rental houses and post facilities, and is home to excellent universities including Carnegie Mellon, known for one of the best drama schools in the world.

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Thank you to Citizens for your support of our mission to keep the Pittsburgh region’s entertainment industry thriving!
Your generous grant of $200,000 to the Pittsburgh Film Office will enable more workforce training opportunities through Create PA: Film and Theater Works to continue to develop a diverse and inclusive workforce with the skills they need to succeed in the entertainment industry.
We are honored to receive this grant from Citizens and appreciate their commitment to strengthening the Pittsburgh film and theater industry! We are excited to partner with Citizens and create a bright future for workers in the Pittsburgh region!


Netflix confirmed filmed-in-Pittsburgh “Rustin” will play in at least one Pittsburgh theater beginning Nov. 3 before it streams on Netflix on Nov. 17. Netflix has not confirmed which Pittsburgh theater (or theaters) will show the movie.

Netflix also released a new second trailer for the PG-13-rated bio-pic on gay Civil Rights leader Bayard Rustin. Rustin is credited with planning Martin Luther King Jr.’s 1963 March on Washington. “Rustin” was filmed mostly in the Pittsburgh region, but the march itself filmed in Washington, D.C.

‘Reel Money’ panel

Citizens Bank will sponsor Reel Money: Building Pittsburgh’s Film Economy, an evening of conversations at the Black Bottom Film Festival (BBFF), 4-5 p.m. Oct. 27 at the August Wilson African American Cultural Center, 980 Liberty Avenue, Downtown Pittsburgh.

The free program will explore the steps required to elevate Pittsburgh to the ranks of cities with larger film and television economies (e.g. Los Angeles, New York City, Atlanta).

The panel discussion will feature Gregory Edwards, dolly grip and a member of the Pittsburgh Film Office Board of Trustees; Pittsburgh Film Office executive director Dawn Keezer; University of Pittsburgh broadcasting Prof. Kevin M. Smith and actor/writer/director Roger Smith.

“Reel Money” is free and open to the public. Register to attend at

Morgan Overton, workforce director for Create PA: Film & Theater Works! Photo by John Beale.

To Morgan Overton, the primary goal of the newly-formed career training program CREATE PA: Film & Theater Works! is both fully attainable and urgently needed.

“We want to expand what training means for folks who want to contribute their skills and talents to film, theater and entertainment,” Overton says. “CREATE PA is an investment in the people who make these stories come to life. These are all the folks who are the unsung heroes behind the scenes. We want to find them and let them know this is a profession where you can stay home in Pittsburgh.”

Overton, 29, was hired in May by Pittsburgh Public Theater to serve as the workforce director of CREATE PA, an innovative job training initiative undertaken by the theater and the Pittsburgh Film Office, with the intent to provide a steady supply of on-site technical workers for Pittsburgh-based film and stage productions.

Those would be the workers listed in the credits at the end of a movie and on the back pages of playbills — carpenters and electricians, set builders and decorators, makeup and hair stylists, grips and costumers, even animation and accounting staff — the “unsung heroes behind the scenes,” without whom the bulk of commercial live and filmed entertainment could not be produced.

While their names may be listed in small print, creative sector workers make a sizable contribution to the Pennsylvania economy. According to a 2021 U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis report from the U.S. Department of Commerce, arts and culture production brings in $28.6 billion to Commonwealth coffers and employs more than 165,000 full-time workers who benefit from $14 billion in compensation.

In Allegheny County, the latest available report from Americans for the Arts in 2017 cites more than 32,000 full-time local arts and culture jobs accounting for $641 million in household income.

Morgan Overton, workforce manager of CREATE PA: Film & Theater Works!
Morgan Overton, workforce director of CREATE PA, sits in the wardrobe shop at the O’Reilly Theater. Photo by John Beale.

CREATE PA is a potentially transformative investment boosting the state’s growing creative economy and has received $675,000 in first-year funding from the Richard King Mellon Foundation, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, and the Allegheny County Gaming Economic Development Tourism Fund.

Taught by experienced IATSE union members, CREATE PA classes are tuition-free, and each trainee is paid a stipend to participate. Upon graduation, trainees automatically qualify for placement on the permit list for local union film and stage productions.

Recent graduates of the pilot Pittsburgh Film Works program the Pittsburgh Film Office started in 2022 shared their observations online.

Registration for CREATE PA classes is available online.

A Penn Hills native, Overton most recently served as manager with the City of Pittsburgh’s Office of Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access following a two-year stint as a community engagement and policy associate with the Jewish Healthcare Foundation.

Overton’s Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from the University of Pittsburgh and master’s degree in social work in community organization and social action led her to a decade of volunteer and intern work with Obama for America, Young Democrats of Allegheny County, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and Pittsburgh City Council. She is currently serving her first term as vice chair of the Allegheny County Democratic Committee.

She’s also a skilled visual artist, whose design and drawing talents would unquestionably land her in CREATE PA classes, if she was not already administering them.

Morgan Overton poses with her artwork
Morgan Overton created the mixed media artwork “On the Horizon.” Photo by John Beale.

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NEXTpittsburgh: How has the response been following the initial announcement of CREATE PA?

Morgan Overton: Very exciting. In the first two weeks, almost 200 people signed up and said, “Hey, count me in; keep me posted on what’s going on.”

NEXTpittsburgh: What’s been the general age range of respondents?

Overton: From teenagers to people in their 60s. I created a follow-up survey to kind of unpeel the layer of who these people are and why do they want to do this. And people have so much eagerness of, “How do I contribute to make this come to life?”

NEXTpittsburgh: It sounds like there are a lot of people who have wanted this training but didn’t know where to find it in our area.

Overton: That’s one thing that sets CREATE PA apart. When people think of workforce development, they tend to think of the traditional mindset of an institution that has all the skills teaching the people on the ground. Rather, it’s the other way around — the people have the talent and the skills we’re nourishing, so that with CREATE PA training, they can do gig work and be sustained, and they don’t have to go to New York. They don’t have to go to L.A. We want Pittsburgh to be the landmark place where talent stays to thrive.

NEXTpittsburgh: You yourself are a very prolific painter in multiple media — watercolor, oil, acrylic. How long have you been involved in that?

Overton: Ever since I could blink. I’m very lucky to have parents who poured into me and said, “Let’s just see what sticks with Morgan” — and everything stuck! I always had creative things at my disposal, and art classes were the first thing I took. I was in band. I danced ballet. When I went to the University of Pittsburgh for undergrad, I majored in psychology because I thought I wanted to be a scientist, which did lead me to work at Boston Children’s Hospital for two years in the cognitive neuroscience lab. But I also wanted to keep the art element a part of my life, so I minored in art at Pitt. That’s where I was formally trained in the fundamentals of painting, drawing, design.

Morgan Overton
Morgan Overton at the O’Reilly Theater. Photo by John Beale

NEXTpittsburgh: Your artwork was recently exhibited in the U.S. Capitol Building.

Overton: Yes, the last week of April. I was invited by New Jersey Senator Cory Booker to honor the contributions of Black women across history, present and future, and uplift the movement to name April as International Black Women’s History Month. I Stand on Their Shoulders featured several of my paintings placed around the first floor of the rotunda in the Russell Senate Office Building.

NEXTpittsburgh: You’ve created a lot of memorable portraits of political changemakers like James Baldwin, Angela Davis, Shirley Chisholm, Malcolm X, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Kamala Harris.

Overton: Art has been a means for me to amplify my people and our history, our present, our future.

NEXTpittsburgh: Your portrait of Antwon Rose II is especially compelling.

Overton: I did that in 2019 with his mother’s permission, to honor him and his humanity. For me, that was the moment I realized art really is a platform for activism. It is a way to give language to people who might not have the words, but they see something and they start to understand, “OK, this is the story. This is the humanity of what this person is trying to convey through oil paint, through watercolor.”

NEXTpittsburgh: Beyond the always welcome investment in local arts and the people creating them, are there other important results that might come from CREATE PA?

Overton: We have to think about the arts as a critical piece to economic development to sustain communities. The goal is to grow and diversify the creative workforce and make sure we’re centering the communities who feel shut out, like the doors are just cemented, right? Women, Black people, brown people, people of color, LGBTQ+ communities, people with disabilities, low-income communities. They are critical assets to what sustains a community and what allows it to thrive.

It takes a person to be a door. That’s something my dad always says, and I am so grateful to have Shaunda McDill, the managing director at Pittsburgh Public Theater, and Dawn Keezer, director of the Pittsburgh Film Office. I want to make sure I speak their names because they are two dynamos who believe in this work and are making it come to life.

If we don’t make those opportunities accessible for folks, then they’re going to look elsewhere. I know that was me when I left Pittsburgh after completing my undergrad studies. I felt like there was nothing here for me. While in reality, everything that could have been for me was over here, but I had no idea to look in that direction.

Conceived by Pittsburgh Film Office and Pittsburgh Public Theater leaders, the initiative plans to train behind-the-scenes workers for union jobs.


Two dynamos meet at the Duquesne Club. When the meeting is over, they shake hands, and Create PA: Film & Theatre Works! is on its way to becoming a reality.

On Feb. 23 of this year, Dawn Keezer, who for nearly 30 years has headed the Pittsburgh Film Office, met with Pittsburgh Public Theater managing director Shaunda Miles McDill, who previously was with the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and Heinz Endowments. It was McDill’s third day with the Downtown theater.

Morgan Overton, left, is the Workforce Director of Create PA, the brainchild of Shaunda Miles McDill (center) of Pittsburgh Public Theater and Dawn Keezer, head of the Pittsburgh Film Office. (Images: Sharon Eberson)

In speedy-delivery time from the room where it happened to fruition, on Wednesday, May 30, Create PA was launched. The program aims to train behind-the-scenes skilled workers for union jobs, creating a sustainable local workforce earning a livable wage while also making Pittsburgh a more attractive place for film and theater projects.

It is said to be the first partnership between theaters and television producers of its kind, outside of New York.

To introduce the program, a press conference was held at the Public’s O’Reilly Theater home, attended by PA Lt. Gov. Austin Davis, County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, Sen. Camera Bartolotta (46th District), IATSE Local 489 president Mamie Stein, Felicity Williams, Deputy Chief of Staff to Mayor Ed Gainey, Public Theater artistic director Marya Sea Kaminski and other dignitaries and principals in the partnership.

Pittsburgh native Morgan Overton, a visual artist with an MSW from Pitt, and the former Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, & Access Manager of Pittsburgh Mayor Ed Gainey’s Office, has been named Workforce Director of Create PA.

One of the initiative’s main goals is to facilitate partnerships within the community and to keep talented Pittsburghers here, helping to attract business and grow the economy generated by the entertainment industry.

“How can we make Pittsburgh be the place where talent thrives and it stays to thrive?.” Overton asked. “We’re a region of bridges, but we need to act like it. This is our time. This is such a beautiful window of opportunity for the next generation.”

It is anticipated that Create PA will attract “high quality talent and develop their skills for behind-the-screen and behind-the-stage crew positions, including grips, electric, hair, wardrobe, carpentry, set decorating and accounting.”

The program has $750,000 in funding for its first 12 months, with more grants pending. Initial contributions were from the Commonwealth of PA, and the budget includes a Richard King Mellon Foundation grant for hair/wig training.

Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. Austin Davis was in Pittsburgh on May 30 to attend the launch of Create PA at the O’Reilly Theater.

Asked about how Create PA might coalesce with existing training programs in the region, Overton said, “I’m a policy wonk, and usually my way of approaching how to go about things is identifying what already exists. What are the relationships that people, especially our unions, already have with schools, with arts Institutes, communities? Identify those, and find where are the gaps here. And then, do people even know that these units exist? Do people know their pathways to cosmetology schools? Do they know that these trainings exist? That’s a matter of just building relationships.”

Through its partnership with local unions, Create PA is planning to pave a path from training to skill to jobs, where no clear entryway was previously available.

Dawn Keezer, president of the Pittsburgh Film Office

“We have over a hundred professional and community theater companies in the Greater Pittsburgh area. We have over 10,000 people who are employed and we generate over a hundred million dollars in revenue for the city,” McDill said of the theater community. “So we’re excited about the way in which this expansion can move us forward. Also I’m excited about getting in Dawn’s Rolodex …”

A running joke by Keezer throughout the press conference was how she has the cell phone number of everyone in the room, and she’s not afraid to use them.

Her ferocity on behalf of the Pittsburgh Film Office also was noted by more than one speaker at the press conference.

Lt. Gov. Davis noted that, “I’m so glad that the Pittsburgh Film Office is leading in this way. I know they’ve been a leader here in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. If any of you know Dawn Keezer, if you look up persistence in the dictionary, she’s here. But she is constantly pushing to make Pennsylvania a leader in this industry. And today’s partnership exemplifies that, and we’re so happy to be a part of it.”

Keezer told a story about how she got to know Fitzgerald, when she initially could not get permission for filming in a county park. One phone call to the Exec, and it was done.

“There are a lot of people that have had jobs in Southwestern Pennsylvania, in this industry, because of what Dawn has done, what the Film Office has done,” Fitzgerald said, standing beside movie posters of Fences, The Dark Knight and A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood.

County Executive Rich Fitzgerald at the O’Reilly Theater on Wednesday.

“We all know the list of the great movies and the great productions and the great TV series, etc., that have been filmed here,” said the Jeff Daniels look-alike. “And now with Create PA, we’re going to make sure that we have enough people to work in those industries – not just the folks that we see in front of the camera but the folks that are doing all the instrumental work … The industry is growing, and it’s growing here because we know how to do it.”

Fitzgerald thanked the Lieutenant Governor and Sen. Bartolotta for the state’s support in a program aimed at ‘workforce development and providing opportunities for young people, which is really at the heart of so many things that they want to do.”

Lt. Gov. Davis said it was “wonderful to be Downtown to celebrate this partnership rooted in arts and culture, as well as labor and workforce development, two areas that I’m very passionate about.”

He also noted that his parents supported his family in careers that didn’t require a college degree, so he understands the value of a skilled workforce that isn’t solely reliant on higher education.

“I was really proud that in the early days of our administration, I stood alongside Governor Shapiro as we kept our promise and signed an executive order, eliminating the need for a college degree for 65,000 Commonwealth jobs here and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania,” Lt. Gov. Davis said, adding, “Our administration recognizes how impactful cultural amenities are to the fabric of our commonwealth. And I’m happy to be here today to support this new partnership between the theater and the film industry, to train more people for behind-the-scenes and behind-the-stage work. This work is critical. It helps us to become more informed and human as we engage with art and culture, while simultaneously employing thousands of people providing a future for families and careers for young adults, whether they are college bound or trade-school bound. This initiative will support rising professionals and emerging youth in achieving their career goals and provide job training. while connecting communities to an area that many feel they can only dream of participating in.”

CREATE PA: Film & Theater Works! is a joint project of the Pittsburgh Film Office and Pittsburgh Public Theater. In conjunction with union locals, they’re expanding a Film Office program that offers training for crew jobs like electrical worker, grip and hair stylist. Wardrobers, carpenters, set decorators and accountants would also be trained through the program, for either stage or screen work.

For most of Pittsburgh’s big theater companies, the season is winding down. And film and TV productions have been halted for weeks by the writers’ strike. But Wednesday, in Downtown Pittsburgh, two local institutions announced a program to create new pathways to behind-the-scenes careers in the stage and screen trades here.

CREATE PA: Film & Theater Works! is a joint project of the Pittsburgh Film Office and Pittsburgh Public Theater. In conjunction with union locals, they’re expanding a Film Office program that offers training for crew jobs like electrical worker, grip and hair stylist. Wardrobers, carpenters, set decorators and accountants would also be trained through the program, for either stage or screen work.

“This initial training will give you enough that you’re going to be comfortable behind the stage or behind the screen when you show up for your first day of work,” said longtime Film Office executive director Dawn Keezer at the launch event, held in the Public’s lobby.

“This is an opportunity to be trained formally to be able to then participate in the industry in a way that I think people only dream about,” said the Public’s managing director, Shaunda McDill.

The addresses took place against a backdrop of posters for notable feature films shot in the region, including “Fences,” “The Dark Knight Rises” and “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood.” The Film Office, which markets the region to the film industry, says film production is an important economic driver, bringing $2.5 billion in spending to the region since its creation, in 1990.

Other speakers Wednesday included Lt. Gov. Austin Davis, and State Sen. Camera Bartolotta. The latter is a Film Office board member and outspoken advocate for state tax credits for film and TV productions. Mamie Stein, president of IATSE Studio Mechanics Local 489, also spoke.

McDill introduced CREATE PA’s first and, for now, only employee: Morgan Overton, formerly Mayor Ed Gainey’s inclusion, diversity, equity and access manager. As the program’s workforce director, Overton is tasked with developing the program’s infrastructure and recruiting students. She starts work Monday.

Davis noted that many stage and screen crew jobs do not require college degrees. In that way, he said, the initiative echoed Gov. Josh Shapiro’s order eliminating a four-year college degree as a requirement for holding 65,000 state jobs.

Funding from the state’s Department of Labor and Industry kick-started the Film Office’s Pittsburgh Film Works program in 2019, Keezer said. Delayed by the pandemic, the initiative finally began last year and has since graduated three classes of 12 students each, of grips, electrical workers, and hair stylists. The free training sessions were held on a series of Saturdays. Prior to the writers’ strike, all 36 students were working in the field, she said.

Keezer said CREATE PA is unique outside New York City in training workers for both stage and screen — where many of the skills are the same, and so are the labor unions (though the locals can vary).

Those who complete the courses will be paired with a mentor and have a direct path to union membership, Keezer said.

She said CREATE PA has a $500,000 budget for its first year but that more funding is expected. She said she expected the program to expand across the state, and to eventually train “hundreds” of students.

Is there demand for all those film and theater workers? Keezer said she believes so. TV series like “The Mayor of Kingstown” and “A League of Their Own” have been shot here recently, as have films like the Tom Hanks feature “A Man Called Otto.” And plans are still moving ahead for The Film Furnace, a soundstage on a former steel-mill site in Rankin.

While CREATE PA is not currently accepting new students, more information is available at the Film Office web site.

‘Drive-Away Dolls’ marks the first feature film he has directed solo without his longtime compatriot and sibling Joel Coen. He co-wrote the original script with partner Tricia Cooke.


APRIL 17, 2023 11:00AM

The title and release date of filmmaker Ethan Coen’s upcoming movie have been revealed.

Drive-Away Dolls will ride into theaters on Sept. 22, 2023, Focus Features and Working Title announced Monday. The comedy caper — which opens as the fall awards season gets underway — marks the first time Coen has directed a movie on his own and without his longtime partner-in-arms, brother Joel Coen.

Coen partnered with Tricia Cooke on the movie. They co-wrote the original script, and are producing alongside Robert Graf, Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner. 

Drive-Away Dolls stars Margaret Qualley, Geraldine Viswanathan, Beanie Feldstein, Pedro Pascal, Colman Domingo, Bill Camp and Matt Damon.

The story centers onJamie, an uninhibited free spirit bemoaning yet another breakup with a girlfriend, and her demure friend Marian who desperately needs to loosen up. In search of a fresh start, the two embark on an impromptu road trip to Tallahassee, but things quickly go awry when they cross paths with a group of inept criminals along the way.

Focus will distribute Drive-Away Dolls domestically, with parent company Universal Pictures handling the film overseas.

ROB OWEN | Thursday, April 13, 2023 7:36 a.m.

Production will wrap next week on season two of Amazon Freevee’s “American Rust,” which was filming Tuesday at S. Second Street and Grant Avenue in Duquesne.

The familiar sounds of Hollywood on the Mon echoed up the grassy slope of Grant Avenue Park: “Last looks,” “Rolling! Quiet please!,” “Cut!,” “Going again right away” and the occasional, “Bus coming through!” (Though S. Second Street was closed to cars, bus routes were not disrupted by the production.)

More than two dozen crew members, many clad in Iron City Grips T-shirts, worked on a scene filming on the second floor of an apartment building. Eventually a cherry picker-like lighting rig called The Condor was raised skyward. Then its light was aimed at the window where the scene was being filmed, presumably to create a sense of more sunlight outdoors.

The first season of “American Rust,” based on the 2009 novel by author Philipp Meyer, chronicled the exploits of Del Harris (Jeff Daniels), the Southwestern Pa. police chief who covers up a crime for the benefit of the woman he loves, Grace Poe (Maura Tierney). The first season premiered on premium cable channel Showtime in September 2021 and Showtime canceled the series in January 2022.

Amazon Freevee, which announced it picked up season two in June 2022 and will also stream the show’s first season, has not announced a premiere date for season two; my guess is it will be late summer or fall of this year.

In other news about local productions for streaming:

• Despite being set in Pittsburgh, the next filmed version of an August Wilson play, “The Piano Lesson” for Netflix, will shoot this spring in Atlanta, a nasty slap in the face to Wilson’s hometown. Alas, that’s showbiz. The first adaptation of “The Piano Lesson” was filmed in Pittsburgh starring Alfre Woodard and Charles Dutton and aired as a “Hallmark Hall of Fame” presentation in 1995. (The most recent Wilson adaptation, Netflix’s “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” which did film in Pittsburgh, was a Wilson play set in Chicago.)

“We were disappointed to learn that ‘Piano Lesson’ went to Atlanta,” said Pittsburgh Film Office director Dawn Keezer. “We had understood that all 10 of the plays in August Wilson’s cycle that [executive producer] Denzel Washington is turning into feature films would be filmed here in the Pittsburgh area.”

“The Pittsburgh film industry, much like the rest of the country, has not done a great job with diversifying our local crew base,” Keezer continued. “The Pittsburgh Film Office, in partnership with IATSE Local 489, has worked to address this issue and started a workforce training program with our program partner Reel Works, [a youth media and workforce readiness organization] based in New York.”

Keezer said the Pittsburgh Film Works program is unique as a partnership with the local union that’s focused on training people for jobs behind the scenes in film/TV/streaming production. A group that’s training in how to style hair among a diverse population of performers will graduate from the program in mid-May.

“Show business — it is a business,” Keezer said. “We’re going to continue to work towards increasing the diversity of our crew and increasing the film tax credit program so hopefully we can welcome them back once again in the near future.”

• Amazon Prime Video confirmed Wednesday what I’d previously reported – that filmed-in-Pittsburgh’s “A League of Their Own” will return for a four-episode, second and final season – although there’s still no definitive word about whether the production will be back in Pittsburgh. It would logical for the show to return since the production built a period ballpark at the CCAC Boyce Campus used in season one.

“We are hopeful for a return for season two,” Keezer said. “They had a great experience here with our amazing crew, diverse locations, wonderful local people and of course they participated in the PA Film Tax Credit program.”

• Still no word on Paramount+ renewing “Mayor of Kingstown” for a third season, but an official renewal seems likely as star Jeremy Renner continues his recovery from a January snowplow accident, walking the red carpet with a cane for his new Disney+ series “Rennervations” this week.

“The writers are at work coming up with scripts for a new season,” Keezer said. “All signs are pointing to the show coming back for a season three.”

“Kingstown” executive producer Hugh Dillon was back in Pittsburgh for Tuesday night’s Penguins game, which also suggests the show will resume filming in Pittsburgh later this year.

• Director Lee Daniels is back in Pittsburgh this month filming reshoots of scenes for his Netflix exorcism movie “The Deliverance” (formerly known as “Demon House”).

RIP Deb Docherty

Condolences to the family and friends of Pittsburgh casting director Deb Docherty of The Docherty Agency, who died this week at age 63 of ALS (AKA Lou Gehrig’s Disease).

Docherty founded the talent agency – for models and actors – in 1987 and expanded into Cleveland, Columbus and Cincinnati in 2002. She stepped away from day-to-day operations a few years ago after her ALS diagnosis.