film incentives

Local
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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Local
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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Local
5:44 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Hamilton: the Fight for Film Incentives Is Not Over

Wilmington Regional Film Commission

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

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Local
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

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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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Local
5:24 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Film in Wilmington Part III: Cucalorus Film Festival History and Future Intertwined with Industry

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The question of whether competitive film incentives continue in North Carolina will be answered by the end of the current short session of the General Assembly. 

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Local
10:25 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Film in Wilmington Part II: Industry Insiders Expect Competitive Incentives to Continue

Filming at Wilmington's City Hall, July 2012
Billy Hathorn

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North Carolina lawmakers are haggling over how – and whether -- to preserve a now-controversial tax credit for the film industry. 

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Local
4:14 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Film in Wilmington Part I: Local Crew Members Eye Atlanta

EUE Screen Gems in Wilmington, NC
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If North Carolina lawmakers don’t renew film incentives during the short session – or if they choose to gut them to the point they’re no longer competitive with other states, some industry insiders are predicting an exodus of long-time film professionals from Wilmington. 

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Local
11:00 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Candidate Profile: Bill Saffo, Mayor of Wilmington

Mayor Bill Saffo
City of Wilmington

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Mayor Bill Saffo is running unopposed this season for what will be his fifth term serving the City of Wilmington. 

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Local
5:00 am
Mon June 17, 2013

State incentives for alternative energy companies might do more for China than NC

Solar panel field
U.S. Department of Agriculture via Flickr Creative Commons

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As New Hanover County and City of Wilmington officials hand out financial incentives to companies they hope to keep in the Cape Fear region, the state is also considering the effectiveness of incentives. 

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