McCrory: Stance on film incentives firm even after studio visit
WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Film industry supporters have been critical of Gov. Pat McCrory not answering their plea to meet with the film industry during visits to Wilmington as the debate over film incentives continues. Today that changed.
Gov. McCrory was a few minutes late to his scheduled visit to the Corning plant in Wilmington today. He said it’s because he was touring EUE/Screen Gems studios.
The governor said he met with a casting director and toured some sets. McCrory jokingly told the crowd gathered at Corning for the NC Business Committee for Education’s regional meeting that he’d be cast in the TV show “Sleepy Hollow,” which shoots at Screen Gems and around Wilmington.
McCrory said his visit did not change his stance on North Carolina’s film incentives, which are set to expire at the end of the year.
“My position on film incentives remains,” Gov. McCrory said. “I’ve had it in my budget. We understand there are going to have to be some revisions to it now. My goal is to ultimately get it into the final budget that’s being discussed right now between the House and Senate.”
The governor and Republican leaders in the legislature have consistently said the current incentive program for productions is not sustainable. What’s not certain is the form a future incentive program may take and whether it will be enough to keep the film industry going in North Carolina.