film incentives

1:12 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Outgoing Secretary of Commerce: Film Workers Should Stay Engaged in the Political Process

Billy Hathorn

It didn’t take long for local film workers to see a drop in production after North Carolina legislators re-structured the incentive – changing it from a tax rebate to a fixed grant fund. 

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1:05 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

CoastLine: Film Incentive Change Slowing 2015 Production

The debate over film incentives in North Carolina erupted on the public stage last year when two state Representatives – Rick Catlin from New Hanover County and Chris Millis of Pender County – sponsored a bill that would fundamentally change the structure of the tax rebate. 

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1:13 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Wilmington & New Hanover County Officials Reach Out to Gov. McCrory Regarding Economic Incentives

CIE Executive Director Jim Roberts addresses the Wilmington City council members and New Hanover County commissioners to start off the joint meeting, which focused on recommendations made by the Garner Economic Development Report.
Isabelle Shepherd

The legislature is out of Raleigh, but, the jury may not be out on economic incentives, including those supporting North Carolina’s film industry. 

The City of Wilmington and New Hanover County leaders plan to write to Governor Pat McCrory, asking him to reconvene the legislative session to make a final decision on economic incentives.  Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo says this is a bigger issue than just film; he wants to protect job development grants, which incentivize companies to bring their business to North Carolina:  

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2:28 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Southeastern NC Film Community Group Photo To Be Taken This Saturday

Flyer for Film Community Group Photo
Andrew Sleet

Some state legislators say they don’t see the positive economic impact of film in North Carolina.  Wilmington’s film community is coming together to show them the big picture.

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5:56 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

NC House Moves to Maintain Current Film Tax Rebate

Representative Davis' Amendment to Senate Bill 763 aims to keep film crews working in North Carolina.
AiClassEland at en.wikibooks [CC-BY-SA-2.5 (], from Wikimedia Commons

A film incentive grant program is included in the current budget compromise. But an amendment proposed by Republican Representative Ted Davis from New Hanover County would maintain the existing structure of the film tax rebate for one year. The proposal passed the House during Thursday's session by a wide margin.

Ted Davis’ amendment to Senate Bill 763 would extend the current tax rebates for one year, which would allow time for an independent study to be completed.

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11:27 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Catlin Challenger Jordan Identifies Film as Signature Issue

Betsy Jordan (left), Rep. Rick Catlin (right)
Betsy Jordan / Rick Catlin

Betsy Jordan, who is Rick Catlin’s Democratic opponent for the North Carolina House of Representatives, has already identified her signature issue: film. WHQR’s Isabelle Shepherd reports.

District 20’s Republican incumbent, Rick Catlin, has voted to convert the film tax rebate to a grant program. But his challenger, Betsy Jordan, says this isn’t enough to keep North Carolina competitive in the film industry.

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Local - June 25
3:28 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Wilmington-Area Officials Hold Raleigh News Conference to Support Film Incentive Extension

Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo, along with local Representatives Susi Hamilton, Ted Davis and Frank Iler, have invited Governor McCrory to tour EUE/Screen Gems Studios and other local sites that have benefitted from the film industry.

As state legislators continue to hammer out the budget, citizens of all political persuasions are awaiting word on the fate of this region’s bustling film business. And that’s why this morning, a contingent of officials and residents from the Wilmington area gathered in Raleigh’s legislative building to plead with lawmakers to extend the current film incentive tax credits—instead of switching to a grant program, which they say would eliminate jobs. But rather than demonstrating film’s bona fides within the Cape Fear region, local lawmakers focused on its statewide benefits.

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4:58 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

CoastLine: Will NC's Next Film Incentive Package Keep the Cameras Rolling?

This week's topic:  Film Incentives in North Carolina

Providing tax breaks to the film industry…. statewide, it’s a controversial topic.  In Southeastern North Carolina, there’s no question incentives have injected hundreds of thousands of dollars into the local economy through the boom in film production here.  But plenty of state leaders from less film-centric areas aren’t convinced the financial benefits of the industry extend statewide.  

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5:44 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Hamilton: the Fight for Film Incentives Is Not Over

Wilmington Regional Film Commission

The film community in North Carolina is holding its collective breath while House leaders consider budget amendments.  

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4:17 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Film Incentive Supporters Focus Lobbying Efforts on "Film Day" in Raleigh

Filming at Wilmington's City Hall
Billy Hathorn

Film incentives are the ticket to keeping more than four-thousand full-time jobs in the state.  That was a central theme Wednesday morning in Raleigh during a press conference where state and city leaders, film industry workers, and industry supporters gathered to celebrate Film Day at the General Assembly. 

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