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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) – Local business owners can soon take a piece of the film industry pie. The Wilmington Regional Film Commission is now offering memberships.

As head of the Wilmington Regional Film Commission, Johnny Griffin is responsible for recruiting productions.
To do that, the non-profit organization relies on ad sales from its production guide.

“We’re finding people are using the book less and less because people are using the online, with their mobile apps and phones. Once we tell them them can find the info on our database, they don’t usually ask for a copy of the book,” said Griffin.

The Film Commission is getting rid of that book. By becoming members, business owners will now have ads listed online and will be considered film friendly vendors.

“We just say, ‘here are a list of vendors who want to do business with the movie industry that understand your special unique needs and have expressed an interest in working with you, we’d encourage you to try and use our members first’,” said Griffin.

Port City Signs and Graphis get lot of work from the film industry, but they hope by joining the film commission their business will grow even more.

Owner Sabrina Davis is currently doing work from some big productions right now. Her business does everything from making road signs to creating graphics for vehicles that will be used in a film or tv show.
She says this is a unique opportunity advertise her business while supporting the film commission.

“Advertising is not usually that way, that you want to benefit the organization that you’re buying ads from,” said Davis. “I want them to grow because they are helping me grow.”

Business owners can learn more about the commission and memberships at the “Growing with Wilmington’s film industry” breakfast. It’s September 26 at the Hilton Wilmington Riverside.

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