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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — With only two days notice, supporters of Wilmington’s film industry attracted thousands of people downtown to rally against possible changes in the state’s film incentives.

A bill, co-sponsored by two local lawmakers, Rep. Rick Catlin (R-20th District) and Rep. Chris Millis (R-16th District), has folks concerned about the future of the industry. It would stop the refundable portion of the state’s film tax credit, potentially pushing big productions like “Iron Man 3” away from Hollywood East.

“It would make sense that people who live in this community, that they should be able to plainly see the benefits of the film industry and the number of people who work in the film industry,” Screen Gems Executive Vice President Bill Vassar said.

Supporters say it is an industry that provides Wilmington with jobs and revenue, and a bill that would leave Wilmingtonians jobless.

“I’m a talent agent,” said Susan Walters of STW Talent. “I represent about 250 actors here in the Wilmington area. That is a lot of jobs that would be lost. Not to mention my own.”

Local leaders, including Rep. Ted Davis (R-19th District) and Sen. Thom Goolsby (R-9th District), were at the rally. They say it is important to educate those in Raleigh, and that they will keep fighting for the film industry.

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guesty
2016 years 2 months ago

PPD headquarters have always been within the city limits of Wilmington. They started out on Front Street and have come back there. And as far as I know, both The Carlyle Group and Hellman & Friedman are American formed companies that bought PPD and made it a private company.

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Guestginger
2016 years 2 months ago

NC crew, cast, caterers, actors, restaurants, frame shops, lumber yards, paint stores, car rental agencies, florists, antique stores, fabric shops, hardware stores, hotels, etc. etc. were EMPLOYED AND MADE MONEY from the film industry. The film industry pays full sales tax as well as payroll tax and unemployment insurance. We local crew also pay income, sales, property tax as well.

And you propose to tax them further rather than giving a 25% rebate on the tax they’ve already spent?

“Our” people are not unemployed as long as the film productions continue to come in. When the… Read more »

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Vog46
2016 years 2 months ago

Permanent jobs are far better for NC then temporary ones are.
With permanent jobs the accumulated income taxes collected far outweigh the incentives given over time.
I also agree with a previous post you made that incentive supporters have done a terrible job showing or proving their economic impact point.

But here is a thought for you. Everyone talks about how the movie industry impacts this area and the ballpark situation got me to researching this “multiplier affect” as used by IMPLAN which is the basis of all the economic impact statements made here and during the ballpark debate.
If memory… Read more »

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Vog46
2016 years 2 months ago

I toss this out as food for thought.
If NC locations were used
If NC peoples worked behind the scenes on lighting, set building etc etc etc.
If NC people were used in lower echelon filming as extras……

Why not charge the distributor of the film a tax on the profits as tax for NC?

For incentives that imply permanency the state of NC continuously collects income taxes, and sales taxes on those incentive caused jobs well after the incentives were paid out.

Here on the subject of film.
We issue a tax credit after the $ are spent.

Then the film goes on to make MILLIONS of… Read more »

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justin
2016 years 2 months ago

A billion in incentives for less than 1000 transient jobs? All for film industry folks who go on unemployment between film productions? Ya’know, I want to understand it, but I just can’t wrap my head around it…

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