Production studios threaten to boycott NC unless HB2 repealed
WILMINGTON, NC (StarNews) — North Carolina’s controversial HB2 could jeopardize the future of the state’s film industry, just as it attempts to reclaim its former glory after a lack of support from state legislators drove productions away in 2015.
Turner Broadcasting, which is currently filming the TNT drama series “Good Behavior” in Wilmington, announced Friday it is keeping a close eye on the bill, which could keep the company from doing business with the state if it is not repealed.
“In the case of North Carolina, Turner is in middle of production on one show, which we will complete,” the spokeswoman said. “Turner, however, will reevaluate doing further business in North Carolina.”
A spokesman with A+E Networks, which is producing History’s eight-episode military drama “Six” in Wilmington, also confirmed to the StarNews Friday that the company will not bring any new productions to the state in response to the bill.