No 'Girls' Allowed: Why the HBO Show Was Denied Permission to Film on a College Campus Press-Citizen
The University of Iowa told HBO’s “Girls” that it wasn’t welcome to film on its campus, reports the Press-Citizen. The show wanted to tape Hannah Horvath, played by “Girls” creator Lena Dunham, attending the prestigious Iowa Writers' Workshop, but the university declined.
"University of Iowa’s Vice President of Strategic Communication Joe Brennan said this morning he made the decision to turn down HBO’s request to film 'Girls' on the UI campus because, after reviewing the script, he felt the storyline would tarnish the reputation of the university," the story reports.
In a text, Brennan said: “After reviewing the script, I felt the storyline placed the city and university in an unfavorable light, and considering the potential for disruption, I made the decision to deny the request. I won’t share details as I don’t think it fair to reveal the plot in advance. I understand this is a popular show, but it’s my job to safeguard the reputation of the university.”
University of Iowa spokesman Tom Moore said earlier in a statement: “While we are pleased that the Iowa Writers’ Workshop is receiving national attention and that our graduate is doing well in her career, our general practice is to not allow filming, due to potential disruption to campus.”
"Iowa City’s role in the hit show emerged Sunday in a plot twist in the season three finale, which saw the show’s main character Hannah Horvath -- played by show creator Lena Dunham -- accepted to the Iowa Writers’ Workshop at the university," the report notes, adding: “'Girls' and UI are connected through one of show’s writers, Sarah Heyward, who attended the workshop before moving to the West Coast to become a screenwriter."