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Poll shows bipartisan support for NC film incentives

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A new poll of North Carolina voters shows support for continuing the state's film incentives, including broader support among Republicans than Democrats. Full story...
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Shooting starts for Nicholas Sparks film

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videoThe Nicholas Sparks book turned movie "The Longest Ride" started filming at St. Mary Catholic Church this morning. Full story...
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Film crews react to grant plan

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videoFilm incentives have been the talk of the town for years, but with the most recent change, concern for the future has set in. Full story...
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THIS JUST IN: NC House passes amendment that keeps film rolling for now

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videoIt wasn't exactly what State Rep. Ted Davis (R-19th District) wanted. But, film supporters said it's better than nothing. Thursday night, the North Carolina House of Representatives passed, 90 to 26, Davis' amendment that would trade film tax credits for a grant program. Full story...
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NC film industry in doubt after committee kills incentive changes

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video Could this be the beginning of the end for North Carolina's film industry? Rep. Ted Davis (R-19th District) proposed three changes to a budget bill hoping to extend the state's film tax credit program. He thought he had the green light for it this morning, but that's not what happened. Full story...
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Group wants to develop Wilmington Film Museum

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A non-profit group is spearheading an effort to build a museum devoted to Wilmington's role in the film industry. According to a news release, the Wilmington Film Museum is a grassroots history project dedicated to the preservation, promotion and education of film and TV history in the Cape Fear area. Full story...
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StarNews: NC Senate OKs bill converting film credit to grant

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With no discussion, the state Senate gave third and final approval to a bill that would convert North Carolina's film tax credit program into a grant program, sending the measure to the House. Full story...
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Film supporters take fight to Raleigh

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videoPeople in the Port City who rely on the film industry to survive took their fight to extend film incentives to Raleigh today. Film incentive advocates tried to educate state lawmakers on what the incentives mean and how they positively impact the state, but some people were not as enthusiastic about the future of film incentives in North Carolina. Full story...
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Commerce secretary says film plan gives counties option, some local leaders not so sure

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videoGov. Pat McCrory proposed a new plan for film incentives in his budget plan. Rep. Susi Hamilton (D-18th District) says the plan introduced in a budget bill Thursday definitely raises concerns. Meanwhile New Hanover County Commissioner Jonathan Barfield says the plan creates a local burden. Full story...
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Film incentive update heads to House Finance Committee

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A bill to eliminate the end of North Carolina's film incentives overcame its first hurdle in the General Assembly today. HB 1142 passed its first reading as the House of Representatives referred it to the Finance Committee. Full story...
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Hamilton, Iler, Davis sponsor bill to keep NC film incentives from ending

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videoThree area lawmakers have sponsored a bill in the North Carolina House of Representatives that would keep the state's tax incentives for film projects from ending. Full story...
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McCrory pits teacher pay, film incentives during budget pitch

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videoAs the Short Session got under way, the governor stole the show unveiling his budget proposal that will be the focus of the Short Session. It included the much talked about raises for teachers and for state employees, as well as cuts to the university system. Full story...
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ABC releases first look at locally-shot 'Secrets & Lies'

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videoToday we got our first look at locally-shot "Secrets & Lies," which stars Ryan Phillippe and Juliette Lewis. The trailer released as ABC officially announces its new show during Upfronts in New York also features another familiar face and voice Full story...
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ABC picks up Wilmington-shot 'Secrets & Lies'

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videoABC has picked up the drama "Secrets & Lies," producer Aaron Kaplan confirmed on Twitter this afternoon. The crime drama, starring Ryan Phillippe, Juliette Lewis, Natalie Martinez, Clifton Collins and KaDee Strickland, shot its pilot episode earlier this year in and around Wilmington. Full story...
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Film industry employee writes letter to the governor

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videoOne local employee of the film industry is taking matters of the tax incentive into her own hands. Dale Williams sent a letter to Governor Pat McCrory asking for a meeting to discuss the future of film employees in our state. Full story...
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