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Amazon picks up docuseries on ‘It’ lesbians in Tampa Bay

Veronica Brezina

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A promo image for the "Tampa Baes" series Amazon Prime has picked up. Photo: Amazon.

Amazon Studios has picked up a lesbian reality docuseries that’s filmed in Tampa Bay. 

Amazon picked up the eight-episode, unscripted docuseries dubbed Tampa Baes this week, according to multiple reports.

The series follows the young lesbian “it-crowd” as they navigate and celebrate life in Tampa Bay. 

The synopsis from Amazon Studios reads: 

“With all eyes on these fun-loving women at this pivotal moment in their personal and professional lives, there’s not a challenge or hot-button issue they won’t tackle, even if it means getting real with each other.”

The filming started around April, St. Pete-Clearwater Film Commissioner Tony Armer told the St. Pete Catalyst. Armer helped the California-based 3 Ball Productions team, a 3BMG company, with the permitting process. The series was shot over the past three months. 

Armer says the crew was based in Tampa, where they rented out a condo complex, and the shooting destinations were in Tampa and St. Pete including Fort DeSoto, Indian Rocks Beach, Vinoy Park and around local businesses. 

“They spent millions here,” Armer said about the economic impact, which is measured by money spent for room nights, local hiring of crew members, expenditures, and spotlighting local businesses. 

The production team didn’t seek any film incentives for the series. 

The cast of the new series includes Ali Myers, Nelly Ramirez, Shiva Pishdad, Jordan Whitley, Marissa Gialousis, Summer Mitchell, Cuppie Bragg, Brianna Murphy, Haley Grable, Melanie Posner, Olivia Mullins and Mack McKenzie. 

 Posner is a Gulfport mural artist, known for her mural at the Hollander Hotel in downtown St. Pete. 

Artist Melanie Posner and her latest creation, at the Hollander Hotel, St. Petersburg. Photo by Bill DeYoung.


RELATED: The artist up close: Melanie Posner


Tampa Baes is scheduled to premiere this fall on Amazon Prime Video.

The announcement follows the news of other films currently taking place in Tampa Bay. 

A film featuring Sensei Kreese, known for his role in Karate Kid and Cobra Kai, is now filming in Pinellas County. 

A Taste of Love is a romantic comedy about a celebrity chef who heads back home when her father has an accident. She reconnects with her small town and a relationship with a former lover. 

The film is directed by Conrad De la Torres and Michael Brown, who are both based in St. Pete. 

The casting company KLR Creative Group is seeking extras for the film. Interested residents can contact casting director Karlie Loland at info@diversethread.com. 

The Hallmark Channel is also scouting locations for a new film, Armer said. 

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    Tina sapia

    July 23, 2021at4:43 am

    Sapias barbershop in Clearwater would be an amazing destination for a show!!!!

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