About a month ago, state lawmakers were considering taking away the film tax incentives. It did not happen. Now changes in other state's tax incentives are affecting our local economy. Business is booming at Screen Gems Studios. Because of what is happening in South Carolina, the studio may be about to get even busier. Tom Jones moved to Wilmington more than 20 years ago to work at Screen Gems. When work here is slow, employees have to look elsewhere. Screen Gems Construction Coordinator Tom Jones said, "Your debtors do not stop sending bills when there's no work here, so in order to stay busy, pay your mortgage and keep your kids in school you go where the work is. Recently that has been pretty much through out the southeast." That may no longer be the case. With North Carolina's tax incentives in place, business has been booming for Screen Gems. Now with South Carolina cutting some filming perks, Screen Gems may see business grow. One of the TV series considering calling Wilmington home is Lifetime's 'Army Wives.' The series may leave South Carolina, because filming perks are better here. Executive Vice President of Screen Gems Studios Bill Vassar said, "Anytime there is more business coming here, it's good for the economy, it's good for the labor force, it's good for the studio." It is also good for employees like Jones. He is home for a while, working on a movie. Jones said, "We're here for an 8 week shot and 5 week prep, so the movie was able to keep me home for a good while and like Dorothy says In the Wizard of Oz... There's no place like home." Whether or not the show 'Army Wives' will head here hasn’t determined yet. We'll keep you updated!
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