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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Local leaders are asking state leaders to call lawmakers back to Raleigh to discuss film incentives.

Members of the New Hanover County Commission and Wilmington City Council signed a joint letter to Gov. Pat McCrory, House Speaker Thom Tillis and Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger yesterday asking them to call for a special legislative session to “reconsider film incentives that will better serve North Carolina in remaining marketable and competitive” in the film industry.

“For over three decades, our region has served as a hub for film in North Carolina and the United States,” the letter reads. “This clean and innovative industry and the numerous video, television and film productions it generates bring great notoriety and revenue to both our region and the state. However, the lack of action by the General Assembly to sustain a strong incentive program puts in jeopardy this existing industry, state and local economies, associated investments, infrastructure, tourism, and many varied direct and indirect jobs.”

Along with the letter, leaders sent copies of the New Hanover County video “Economic Development – the Film Industry” was included with each letter.

The state budget adopted last month makes significant changes and cuts to the current film incentive plan. Critics of it say it could lead to the death of North Carolina’s film industry, which has included numerous movies and TV shows, many of which shot in and around Wilmington.

A spokesman for the governor says there is no update on calling a special session.

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Heimie Schmelter
2015 years 10 months ago

DAK is a mexico based company. They shut down operations here for cheaper labor. Can you imagine the Mexicans doing that? Nahhhhh…

Mundy Maintenance, they had an extensive maintenance contract at DAK and lost those jobs just like the DAK employees, not needed. Mundy also lost their GE contract due to being outbid by a competitor to provide those services. Rampage Yachts is simply another one of the hundreds of boat builders that have gone under because of the very weak economy. In case most of you haven’t noticed the “yacht market” both new and used, is in a very deep ditch and has been for years. Another luxury industry that goes to sleep when the economy does. But no, you didn’t see a single film supporter stand up and complain about any of the job losses that fell outside of their venue! Never have, never will.

These were all legitimate business enterprises and they did not depend on incentives even close to what that dollar sucking film industry is grabbing. These film people know what they’re getting and how easy it is. The state realizes it is a negative revenue hole. The gravy train is over in NC!

2015 years 10 months ago

That targeted incentives don’t work:


Why did Texas win? They bid HALF what NC did.
“North Carolina’s offer had to be significantly larger than Texas to be competitive because the Lone Star State has no corporate or income tax, Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker said in an interview last week. Companies on the move compare the total cost of its new site and the total financial package offered to coax them, Decker said.”

Individual and industry incentives DO NOT WORK !!!!!
Offer lowered income and corporate taxes – THAT WORKS.
Living breathing examples right in front of your eyes.

It is time. time to start this insanity on film incentives and incentives in general. Texas is unique in that they have oil income to play with that allows for having no income or corporate taxes. This allows them to be VERY competitive.
NC on the other hand has a projected revenue shortfall and no other incomes streams from fracking and or oil drilling.
But even the Texas Legislature is concerned about Perrys incentive programs:

Indeed, NC isn’t looking at it this way. $100,000,000 for 3000 jobs seems too steep at $33,333 per job. Again we need to look at lowering corporate taxes, and income taxes. the question is where will we get the money to make up that loss?

The “hits” to film industry supporters arguments just keep on coming.


2015 years 10 months ago

I am more then willing and have made available to my employees who are losing there jobs applications for state aid, welfare, food stamps, New Hanover Regional Charity Care.Looks like a lot of people are going to be in need,not just my prior employees but people that counted on the film industry. Wonder what is going to happen to our taxes? Lions and Tigers and Bears Oh My

2015 years 10 months ago

How much of this will be blamed on loss of film incentives?


It’s not just you. Nobody has seen a good movie lately.

Or at least if they have, it isn’t in a theater. Ticket sales to movie theaters in the U.S. and Canada are expected to sink to about $3.9 billion, a 15 percent decline when compared to summer of 2013, according to box office company Rentrak. In July, box office sales were down 30 percent, the New York Times reports.

For the first time in 13 years, no summer film netted $300 million in ticket sales domestically. Not even Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy,” the highly-anticipated superhero film that led this summer’s box office sales, could save the summer. And as Vox notes, a dry summer is an especially hefty hit. Summer is when the film industry banks on people heading to theaters, typically producing the greatest months of ticket sales.

It wasn’t just the summer’s top-selling flicks that disappointed. Flops were plentiful. Sylvester Stallone’s “The Expendables 3,” the star-studded “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For,” the critically-touted “Edge of Tomorrow,” “How to Train Your Dragon 2,” and Cameron Diaz’s saucy “Sex Tape,” all fell short of expectations. And don’t forget about the sequels! The summer had plenty of them, but audiences weren’t having much to do with them. Sales to “Transformers: Age of Extinction, “Planes: Fire & Rescue,” “Think Like a Man Too,” and “Amazing Spider-Man 2” saw declines in sales compared to previous summer’s installments, the New York Times reports.

Analysts had predicted a drop due to new entertainment options such as online streaming, marquee television events like the World Cup, and scuttled movie release plans. But the worst summer in box office ticket sales since 1997 caught analysts and the industry off guard. “It’s a noticeable difference,” Phil Contrino, the chief analyst at BoxOffice.com told Vox, adding, “We really needed more films that ended up in the $80 million-$150 million range domestically. That would have helped compensate for the tentpoles that ended up underperforming slightly.”

While the film industry may try to brush off the poor showing with the argument that the movie making business is more concerned with global markets these days, overseas sales don’t pack the box office punch of domestic sales. The New York Times notes that in China, Hollywood sees as little as 25 percent of box office sales, compared to 50 percent from sales in the U.S.

Is the dearth of summer hits a fluke? “The movie industry is cyclical, and we’re definitely in a down year, but that has a lot to do with the fact that 2015’s slate is so impressive,” industry analyst Contrino told Vox. “Many of the strongest franchises are lined up for 2015, and 2014 has suffered as a result.”

But does that mean movie goers will lineup? Or are they already settled in to stream “Game Of Thrones” from the comfort of their own couch?
Feature film production is down from a decade ago if I remember correctly……..
So do other industries get hand outs from the government when their business goes bad?
Do other industries get 25% of their operating budgets given back to them?


2015 years 10 months ago

You you idiot, I’m responding to you whoever you are and your other fake name you write under. What do you know about my business? Come our of the shadows and come over to the office and have a talk. You are spouting off false facts about my company and employees you know nothing about. You are angered over the truth and I would bet you are a person who is sucking the system as dry as you can. And apologies to Johnny Griffin for the typo in the post., but you should feel great I know how to spell your name……… L-O-S-E-R.


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