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RALEIGH — Popular television productions fueled one of the strongest years experienced by the film industry in North Carolina.

More than 60 productions registered with the N.C. Film Office and filmed in North Carolina in 2013.  Those productions amassed a record-high of more than 5,700 production days with filming taking place in more than 30 of the state’s 100 counties.

“In addition to our state’s beauty, we’ve developed the workforce and artists that make North Carolina an ideal place to produce quality projects efficiently,” said Governor McCrory.

Year-end projections show television and film productions had a direct in-state spend in excess of $254 million and created more than 4,000 well-paying crew positions for the state’s highly skilled workforce.  These productions created nearly 25,000 job opportunities (full time equivalent and temporary jobs), including talent and background extra positions, for North Carolinians.  These numbers are the second highest in the industry’s history for in-state spending by productions as well as total job opportunities created.


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  • Vog46

    MORE than $17M in incentives (which they did) – then they LOST nmoney.

    The question is why are we paying for film jobs when they were filming here before incentives?
    If he state gets 7% of every dollar spent they got $17M
    No incentives? The state keeps that money and PROFITS.
    If they paid out more than they took in they LOSE.


  • Guestshelia

    No incentives, and the film industry will go. The state of North Carolina will get 0, nada, nothing. There’s nothing to “keep” and no “profits” at all.

    And thousands of jobs and hundreds of businesses will leave or close up. Don’t you know that the crew, cast and businesses PAY taxes, too? Every production pays the full 7% sales tax also.

    Georgia, SC and Louisiana are waiting for this to happen. AND our own Representatives Rick Catlin and Chris Millis are aiding them. RED states, controlled by Republican Governors and legislators. WHO is selling OUR state to them?


    Hey Hog….why don’t you figure in what the private sector made. You’re worried about the government??..spoken like a true tax and spend liberal. Hog must be that paulie guy on that other station website that’s worried about Raleigh collecting as many taxes as possible.

  • MG

    The numbers given out can not possibly be accurate and are typical smoke-and-mirror numbers.

    IF you seriously look at the number of films made here and that supposed amount that was contributed to the N.C. economy it would mean that almost every film made here would have the majority of its budget stay in the state. Since most of the highest paid people on the set are actors, and very few of them live here, then that money did not stay in North Carolina.

    I am all for our film industry here. I think it’s great.

    However, that doesn’t justify dishonest, inflated figures and giving them tax incentives that local, small businesses do not get.

  • joshjenkins

    This is very positive news, and the story is bing picked up by Variety:


    The Governor and Sec. Decker don’t want us to lose a vital, green, growing business to our neighbors to the South (GA,SC or LA).


  • Vog46

    Illustrious local film commission has implied
    30 extras (day laborers) needed for 30 days equals 900 job opportunities!
    They might be the same folks working for one month on one film but that’s 900 job opportunities !
    We have a viable film labor force – we have the natural beauty film producers need and desire and these are clan jobs.
    We should NOT have to pay for filming to take place here. Filming was done here before incentives and will be here after incentives go away.
    20 states have done away with film incentives after conducting studies that say the economic impact is NOT worth the outlay of taxpayer monies. The STATES input output model shows a negative number.
    Yes filming resulted in $254M in SPENDING – which at 6% resulted in NC taking in $15.2M in taxes. But they paid out well over $30M in incentives THIS YEAR ALONE.

    Here’s a BETTER idea. Offer the film company’s a tax cut based upon taxes paid in NC. Offer them 30%.
    The state takes in $15M and pays out $5M.
    Now THAT’S an idea even the Tea Party can support.


  • adrian


    I have to say I always enjoy your comments on film incentive articles.

    Your commentary about the job count is spot on. The payout last year, however, was closer to $60-$70 million…it’s on the 2012 incentive report on NC Film Commissions site.

    I would correct you about other states…I wish 20 other states had scrapped their programs, but that’s not accurate. Around 40 have them now. It is true that there has been more curtailing than expansion in recent years. At least in the US.

    As for filming happening in NC with no incentive….not at all likely. Maybe commercials or the occasional show….location shooting for a film made primarily in another location. But that’s about it.

    The studios now mandate that productions go where the incentives are. Very very very few filmmakers are able to get them to relent for creative reasons. Chris Nolan comes to mind. JJ Abrams got Paramount to agree to keep Star Trek (last two) in California, but he couldn’t get Disney to relocate Star Wars from London to LA. And since he wont helm the next Star Trek, Paramount has already announced it will shoot in a location with an incentive (big budget films over $75 million cant even apply for the CA incentive).

    Anyways, keep up the good fight.

  • Vog46

    and all of that is incorporated into the spending figures
    As I said make this a tax CUT of taxes spent not a rebate pf tax[payer money based upon spending.

    Filming was done here before incentives and will NOT stop if incentives go away.


  • Vog46

    Considering that the state is GIVING out taxpayer monies I think the focus should be on that because it’s nothing more than CORPORATE welfare, and MOST of the money goes to out of state corporations. The film industry is looking for ENTITLEMENTS.
    Still think thats the attitude of a tax and spend liberal there Preston?
    Again – make this a tax CUT, a refund of TAXES paid and you have my support, otherwise the state loses money


  • Vog46

    If you paid attention to he legislature you’d know that private industry would benefit from disolving the film incentive and getting a general tax cut:

    “Under the most plausible assumptions, the Film Credit likely attracted 55 to 70 new jobs to North Carolina in 201″

    ” The Film Credit created 290 to 350 fewer jobs than would have been created through an across-the-board tax reduction of the same magnitude”

    Cutting the film incentive and giving industry a tax break would create FAR MORE JOBS than the film incentive – which would be a boom to private industry.

    Of course film supports can’t comprehend simple things like “Filming was done here before incentives why should we pay for them now?”
    Why can’t we give them a tax CUT based upon taxes paid instead of giving away taxpayer funds based upon monies spent?

    Keep going “Ditto”……..I could easily bomb this thread like I did on the other media outlets blogs……


  • Vog46

    this is a 2010 article – but the results still stand:

    “Subsidies don’t pay for themselves . The revenue generated by economic activity induced by film subsidies falls far short of the subsidies’ direct costs to the state. To balance its budget, the state must therefore cut spending or raise revenues elsewhere, dampening the subsidies’ positive economic impact.”

    And this:
    “No state can “win” the film subsidy war . Film subsidies are sometimes described as an “investment” that will pay off by creating a long-lasting industry. This strategy is dubious at best. Even Louisiana and New Mexico — the two states most often cited as exemplars of successful industry-building strategies — are finding it hard to hold on to the production that they have lured. The film industry is inherently risky and therefore dependent on subsidies.
    Consequently, the competition from other states is fierce, which suggests that states might better spend their money in other ways”

    And my favorite part – the THING the supporters cannot refute:

    “Supporters of subsidies rely on flawed studies. The film industry and some state film offices have undertaken or commissioned biased studies concluding that film subsidies are highly cost-effective drivers of economic activity. The most careful, objective studies find just the opposite”

    Incentives are dead if the vote is held today however the film industry is spreading money around Raleigh……



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