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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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47 Comments on "Supporters of film industry rally downtown"

2015 years 10 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…

2015 years 10 months ago

Instead of subsidizing the film industry with my money, let me keep it. Then, I’ll spend it on the movies I like.

2015 years 10 months ago

The credits are already paid out as cash. The state literally cuts a check. When the program was modified in 2009/10, the NC film office even advertised them as such: “cash”. Spend $1 million, the taxpayers handout $250,000 to a shell production company that doesn’t owe or pay income taxes in NC. And you thought it was bad already! ;)

2015 years 10 months ago

in Wilmington?

The legislature is in Raleigh. The vote will be taken in Raleigh.

That’s where an organized rally should be held. Of course, that would require supporters to drive 2 hours up I-40 and 2 hours back.

2015 years 10 months ago

Justin, my curiosity is piqued. Where did you find the incentives to be a billion (that’s a thousand million) dollars and 1,000 jobs published?


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