Burn Notice Set To Film Sixth Season In Miami
By Patricia Hoyos
After wrapping up filming its fifth season in October, Burn Notice will return shooting at its Coconut Grove home for its sixth season in March.
Beyond next year, the future of the hit cable television show is still unknown.
"Honestly, that’s up in the air," said Sandy Lighterman, film and entertainment industry liaison for the Miami-Dade County Office of Film and Entertainment. "We won’t know if they’re renewed until close to the time they wrap [filming season six] in October of next year."
The show will return to filming in 107,000 square feet at the Coconut Grove Exposition Center next to City Hall after the Miami city commissioners renewed Burn Notice’s lease of the facility back in July until Oct. 31 of next year.
The city has wanted to use the waterfront property to create a park.
Plans to demolish the building are still being considered, Ms. Lighterman said, with part of the money Burn Notice pays for rent going to the demolition fund.
TVM Productions pays $20,000 a month to lease the facility. Half of that will now be allocated for use to support the Coconut Grove master plan for the waterfront improvements. The other half will continue to be deposited into a general fund account. TVM Productions is responsible for all costs associated with utilities.
During the July commission meeting, Commissioner Marc Sarnoff hinted that Burn Notice might move from its 2700 S Bayshore Dr. address to the planned Miami Entertainment Complex in Overtown, a city-owned production hub. The complex will enter the design stage early next year after the Miami Community Redevelopment Agency selects an architect in January.
But Terry Miller, the show’s producer, has said it was unlikely that filming would relocate there if the show is renewed again because the facility that will be the Miami Entertainment Complex, formerly known as the Miami Skills Center, would present some limitations.
Burn Notice has had an agreement with the City of Miami for the Coconut Grove site since Aug. 31, 2007. To read the entire issue of Miami Today online, subscribe to e -Miami Today, an exact digital replica of the printed edition.