The Sunday, March 26th edition of the popular HGTV series “Beachfront Bargain Hunt” is expected to feature an all-native St. Thomas cast including the buyers and the realtor, according to Steve Bornn, managing director of Virgin Locations, who handled the local production logistics for production company Magilla Entertainment. “Beachfront” usually airs every Sunday on HGTV at 8 p.m.
The show centers on the search for and buying a home or vacation villa in a seaside destination.
The episode, “Staying Put on St. Thomas, USVI” is a first for the show because the guests are all black Virgin Islanders. Bornn said “I’m proud to have been a part of the production team.”
Look for Rosa Thomas and Manuel Maras to take center stage in Rosa’s successful search for her new home on island. Fellow St. Thomian and real estate agent Dayle Barry of Sea Glass takes them through the process.
Magilla and Beachfront are frequent visitors to the U.S. Virgin Islands, having produced more than 10 episodes on all three islands. Bornn said, “These kind of repeat, small productions with long hotel stays, local film crew hires and purchased services yield multiple benefits to the economy, including jobs and cash infusion. Not to mention valuable exposure of the tourism destination.”
A former film commissioner, Bornn explained that Virgin Locations is a consortium of on-location film production services. “You could say that we are a privatized ‘Film Commission’ with rapid response.”