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By Cassie Foss
Cassie.Foss@StarNewsOnline.com

WILMINGTON, NC (StarNewsOnline.com) — Film, television and commercial productions spent more than $275 million in North Carolina and employed about 14,000 people in the past fiscal year, according to NC Department of Revenue records.

According to a film production tax credit report released this week, 30 productions looking to defray filming costs could collect nearly $70 million in tax credits from the state's general fund, thanks to North Carolina's film tax incentives.

Film companies collected a little more than $30 million in credits from the state in 2011, and about $2.4 million in 2010.

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