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Eighty member zombie TV show cast and crew shooting two episodes in Snohomish County

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Z Nation cast and crew shooting near Index. Photo courtesy of The Asylum.
Z Nation cast and crew shooting near Index. Photo courtesy of The Asylum.

From a Syfy Series Z Nation news release.

The Syfy zombie TV series Z Nation is shooting two episodes in Snohomish County in September for air later this year.

The more than eighty member cast and crew is shooting for approximately 11 days over the next few weeks.

Filming is taking place in downtown Everett, Seacrest Marina, Index, and other nearby areas.

“Snohomish County has some amazing locations. Shooting here really adds things we haven’t seen in our show before,” said Karl Schaefer, writer and co-creator of the show.

“Snohomish County is a great place to shoot,” said Steve Graham, Z Nation producer.

“Everyone has been very welcoming and helpful, from the local government officials and municipal services, to local hotels and restaurants.”

The 15-episode third season, produced by The Asylum, follows the rise of a new breed of hybrid ‘blend’ zombies. Created and controlled by the original survivor of an experimental vaccine, they could save the world – or destroy it.

The third season kicked off with a special two-hour event on Friday, September 16th. This season’s premiere will be on Friday, September 23rd, at 9:00 p.m. on Syfy.

Episodes shot in Snohomish County will air in late December.

The series stars Kellita Smith, Keith Allen, Anastasia Baranova, and Sydney Viengluang; with Seattle locals Russell Hodgkinson and Nat Zang as series regulars.

Also starring are DJ Qualls, Emilio Rivera, Ramona Young, and Joe Gatt.

Russel Hodgkinson and zombie buddy between takes. Photo courtesy of The Asylum.

The production received a grant from the Snohomish County Tourism Promotion Area (TPA).

These funds are made available through the support of Snohomish County Lodging Businesses. For every applicable occupied room night, guests are assessed a small fee that is returned to Snohomish County. This money funds grants to stimulate economic activity and development.

“Z Nation will pump more than $1 million dollars into the local economy,” said Wendy Poischbeg, Cultural and Economic Development Manager for Snohomish County.

“That includes spending on things like gas, housing, buying construction materials, food at the grocery stores, and per diem for crews spent in restaurants, other retail shops and on local services.”

The zombie series shoots in Washington due in part to funding assistance provided by Washington Filmworks.

“Z Nation is a Washington success story,” said Amy Lillard, Washington Filmworks Executive Director.

“Shooting here not only impacts the local economy by direct production spending, but creates sustainable jobs for Washington cast and crew.”

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