Why HBO’s Boardwalk Empire pilot cost $18 Million

Go over my previous post to know more about the pilot. When I read it cost  HBO $18 million, I started wondering why. So here is my 2 cents worth.

Boardwalk Empire is a show produced my Martin Scorsese, and he’s also directing the pilot episode. Terence Winter of The Sopranos fame is the show’s screenwriter and producer too. The show is set in the 1920’s, around the time when Atlantic City was growing. Here is a preview of the show.

Since it’s an era themed series, a special 300 foot set was specially built to replicate the famous boardwalk properly with old buildings. Set props like old cars, costumes, and appliances had to be specially made for Boardwalk Empire too. Plus, the set was built in Brooklyn not at a cheaper location, which would’ve lessened the cost. Here is a 2 minute video of the Boardwalk construction.

The cast number for Boardwalk Empire is impressive with a crew of 300, 225 actors in speaking roles, and  a 1,000 extras. The Tv series is based on a book of the same name, and the TV rights for it had to be bought too. The book comes out August 16.

Boardwalk Empire is the most expensive TV show ever produced, season 1 has cost HBO $73 Million. HBO is banking on its success, and has already sold the broadcast rights to a whopping 160 countries. Which basically means the whole world will be watching this new show.

Some of my older posts about TV shows can be found here, here, here, here, and here.

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One Response to Why HBO’s Boardwalk Empire pilot cost $18 Million

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