One Tree Hill having positive economic returns locally
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Across the country, a lot of people know about Wilmington because of the film industry here. One popular TV show filmed here is keeping our film industry booming and with positive economic returns. From this live taping of One Tree Hill, it's clear to see it takes a couple dozen people to bring this television show to life. The show employs more than one hundred, takes eight days to shoot an episode and most importantly, helps bring in millions of dollars to our local economy. “The local crew that's getting paid, it's car rentals, it's lumber purchases, it's location, it's fuel it's food...it's everywhere they are spending money in the local economy here in town,” said Film Commission Director Johnny Griffin. People working behind the scenes like Johnny Griffin help keep Wilmington on the film industry's radar. He's responsible for recruiting major motion pictures and television shows like one tree hill to our area. “People look at it as a great show on television or a great movie that they go in and enjoy, but we look at as jobs we look at it as money coming into the local economy." The popular show has been filming right here in Wilmington for the past six years. The show will sign on for one more season, making it the longest running show filmed here. That's good news for fans and the local economy. No word yet if all cast members will be signing on for season seven.

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I can honestly say that I've seen first hand at what the the film industry has brought to "Wilmywood". I have been an extra for One Tree Hill and the Mark Pease Experience. I saw all the people that help and support the films/shows. It's fantastic at how many jobs it has created for our town. By the way, One Tree Hill is my favorite TV show, so I'm extremly glad to see it's going one more season!