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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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2015 years 11 months ago

OK, I’ll be the first one to admit that I just don’t get it. Why do we place such a high value on anyone who manages to get his or her face exposed to others on a TV or movie screen? What makes that so much more important than so many other things? Like I said “I don’t get it”, but apparently the movie and TV industry really does. They have totally convinced many of you that this is where it’s at. If that wasn’t really the case, the term “Reality Star” wouldn’t even exist. If that wasn’t the case,… Read more »

2015 years 11 months ago

The above poster used an actual name (looks like you just throw out that “hiding” thing regardless) and never even mentioned Johnny Griffin (as knowledgeable as you claim to be about film, one would think you’d be able to at least spell his name correctly).

Looks like you’ve just upped your bull droppings ante yet once again. Now, if you don’t support continuing incentives, you’re not only against supporting our American troops, you’re also against prior (which I guess means retired) law enforcement officers and seniors who need to supplement their incomes? Are you sure you didn’t leave anyone out, or… Read more »

2015 years 11 months ago

Georgia law does not allow the state of Georgia to release any information as to the effectiveness of their film incentives so neither film supporters nor film detractors can claim that Georgia benefits or suffers from film incentives.
keep trying though
Ever thought of opening a branch office in georgia – this would benefit you and your part timers…..


2015 years 11 months ago

How is it that Georgia –a Republican RED state–gets that FILM=JOBS and our so-called representatives, Rick Catlin, Chris Millis and Governor McCrory DON’T? Are they ALL getting backdoor money from Georgia? Catlin is from Georgia after all!

NC was once THIRD in film production after CA and NY. Our politicians have let jobs and businesses literally fall into our competitors laps. Shame on them.


2015 years 11 months ago

The film industry is a thing of the past. Pack it up and move on. Let’s get something here that will make some real money. Build something like Walnut Creek.

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