FILM INCENTIVES: Senate Tries to Kill NC Film

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Late last night, after midnight, the Senate reconvened.  They took what they wanted out of SB 763, pulling out film and historic preservation and put it in HB 1224 and called it a conference report.  They have sent it back to the House for an up or down vote.

Their intention is clear, they have no intention of even hearing it. This is an epic war and if film is dead in NC, no one should support any more incentives programs until we are going to support incentives that are fair across the board. Everyone need to light these folks up.

They are being HIGHLY hypocritical. If they are so AGAINST incentives, why are they so gung ho about HB 1224, the biggest incentive package in NC history? We have to kill HB 1224 in order for film to even stay alive.

They can always bring film back, however if they get 1224, that means they get what they want and can quit and go home. Film will be absolutely dead is HB 1224 passes and they are desperate to pass it.

We should be especially disappointed in Rabon and Goolsby who voted “Aye” on the bill in the Senate.

There were only 3 Republicans,in the Senate that voted against it.

HOW THEY VOTED:

AYES: 

DEMOCRATS: Senator(s): Bryant; Clark; Ford; McLaurin; Robinson

REPUBLICANS: Senator(s): Allran; Apodaca; Berger (CHAIR); Bingham; Brock; Brown; Cook; Daniel; Davis, J.; Goolsby; Gunn; Harrington; Hise; Jackson; Krawiec; Meredith; Pate; Rabin; Rabon; Randleman; Rucho; Sanderson; Soucek; Tarte; Tillman; Tucker; Wade

NOES:

DEMOCRATS: Senator(s): Blue; Davis, D.; Foushee; J. Jackson; McKissick; Stein; Van Duyn; Woodard

REPUBLICANS: Senator(s): Barefoot; Barringer; Hunt

 I will keep you posted on further details.

STAY TUNED FOR CALL TO ACTION

FILM INCENTIVES: Passes in the House – Ted Davis is our champion!

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Our buddy  Rep. Ted Davis of New Hanover County has thrown the Hail Mary pass on the House floor, the one year extension that we’ve been praying for for the past couple weeks.  This amendment is not a grant but what is similar to what he originally proposed and got shot down early on in the short session.This time  they would the cap the credit amount for the year at $40 million with the refund to go down to 22.5%.  This part was something that was in his original plan and also what the production companies said they could live with.

The amendment also would lower the max amount a feature or TV production could get from $20 million to $15 million, which is just fine.  Iron Man 3 was the only one who has reached that limit (to my knowledge anyway).  And what we’ve also asked for as we made the 1000s of phone calls and emails, another study to see just how film impacts our state.

A film or TV production would also be required to put an NC logo at the end of a film or TV show as well as identity of each location where they filmed.

It was a very emotional and beautiful speech to the House. “I feel like I am at a murder trial,” said Ted Davis as he began his plead to the House to vote on the amendment. “and there is a death sentence for the North Carolina film incentives.”

I will have the audio up soon. (it will blow your mind)

After Davis poured his heart out, some of Representatives got up to either support or oppose the amendment.

Rep. Charles Jeter from Mecklenberg supported the amendment.

Rep. Paul Stam from Wake County opposed it.

Rep. Jeff Collins from Nash County opposed it.

Rep. Michael Speciale from Craven County opposed it.

Rep. Larry Pittman from Cabarrus County opposed it.

Rep. Kelly M. Alexander, Jr. from Mecklenberg County supported the amendment.

Rep. Frank Iler from Brunswick County supported the amendment.

Rep. Mike Hager from Rutherford County opposed it.

Speaker Tillis from Mecklenberg County supported the amendment.

The vote in the House was:   77 YAY  and  36 NAY

PLEASE CONTACT: Ted Davis, Susi Hamilton, Frank Iler, Charles Jeter, Kelly M. Alexander, Jr., Thom Tillis and THANK them for their support!!!  Great job everyone!

Next step – 3rd reading is tomorrow for the entire bill, not just the amendment.  Then, it goes to the Senate!

UPDATE: I am now hearing that the Senate will reconvene tomorrow morning, only to take a two week break and join up again to vote on the amendments set forth.  I should have more details tomorrow. I will keep you posted!

Bill Vassar, Executive Vice President of EUE/Screen Gems Studios in Wilmington, NC responded: “We are absolutely thrilled at the passion of Rep. Ted Davis and the miracle that occurred this afternoon. We want to salute and thank Ted Davis for his unwavering efforts and support. We also want to thank NC House Speaker Thom Tillis for his passionate speech in favor of the bill on the House floor. We hope our colleagues in the NC Senate will see the same value in this bill as it moves forward.” – See more at: http://studios.euescreengems.com/film-incentive-rep-ted-davis-amendment-house-successful/#sthash.L3WYRqhD.dpuf

WHO VOTED YES AND WHO VOTED NO?

DEMOCRATS VOTED YES: Representative(s): Adams; Alexander; Baskerville; Bell, L.; Brandon; Brisson; Carney; Cotham; Cunningham; Earle; Farmer-Butterfield; Fisher; Floyd; Gill; Glazier; Graham, C.; Graham, G.; Hall, D.; Hall, L.; Hamilton; Hanes; Holley; Insko; Jackson; Lucas; Luebke; Martin, G; Meyer; Michaux; Mobley; Moore, R.; Pierce; Queen; Reives; Richardson; Terry; Tine; Tolson; Waddell; Wilkins; Wray

REPUBLICANS VOTED YES: Representative(s): Brawley, R.; Brawley, W.; Brody; Bryan; Burr; Catlin; Conrad; Daughtry; Davis; Dollar; Faircloth; Hollo; Holloway; Horn; Hurley; Iler; Jeter; Johnson; Lambeth; Lewis; Malone; McNeill; Moore, T. (CHAIR); Ramsey; Ross, S.; Saine; Samuelson; Schaffer; Setzer; Shepard; Steinburg; Tillis (SPEAKER); Torbett; Turner; Warren, H.; West

DEMOCRATS VOTED NO: Representative(s): Goodman; Harrison

REPUBLICANS VOTED NO: Representative(s): Arp; Avila; Bell, J.; Blust; Boles; Brown, B.; Bumgardner; Cleveland; Collins; Dixon; Dobson; Elmore; Ford; Hager; Hardister; Howard; Jones; Jordan; Langdon; Martin, S; McGrady; Millis; Moffitt; Murry; Pittman; Presnell; Riddell; Speciale; Stam; Stevens; Stone; Szoka; Wells; Whitmire

THE WILMYWOOD DAILY – 07/31/2014 – Film Incentives, Secrets and Lies, Sleepy Hollow

Taking you where it all began tonight as the Sleepy Hollow pilot airs on FOX at 8pm. Go HEAD relive that perfect episode! And ICYMI: Sleep Hollow is where evil takes hold. Check it out!  Something wicked this way comes! BUHAAAHAHAHAHA

Not too much action today as Sleepy Hollow and Secrets and Lies are both shooting on the sound stages today and The Longest Ride is still in Jacksonville shooting their bull riding scenes.

ben-ciaramello-2Benjamin Ciaramello of Friday Night Lights fame has joined the cast of Secrets and Lies. According to Deadline he is playing Paul Murphy, the young victim Tom’s father, who’s “currently in the military and about to be deployed for the fifth time. He’s constantly battling inner demons resulting from extended periods in warring countries.”  Welcome to Wilmywood Ben!

The potential State budget is out but it still needs to get voted on, so nothing is set in stone.  Lots happening today in the General Assembly.  Some are still pushing for an extension of our current film incentives. NC House now in session. Listen LIVE: voterradio.com/live

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Here’s some articles to look into:
– Film Grant Program Included In Draft State Budget [WilmBiz]
– Hamilton makes political point on incentives in House meeting [Star News]
– NC House balks at McCrory’s new incentive program for relocating businesses [News & Observer]
– Film industry workers worry about future of local jobs [Star News]

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That just about does it for me; I will have more Wilmywood updates for you tomorrow morning (unless something breaks) and every weekday morning we do “What’s Up in Wilmywood” at 7:30am & 8:30am LIVE on Sunny 104.5.  And on Thursdays during Cape Fear CW‘s Primetime News at 10!  Got Scoop?  Email me: sheila_brothers@yahoo.com.  Or message me on Wilmywood’s FB  or on Twitter You can also just post your comments below!  Until then, that’s a wrap!!

 

THE WILMYWOOD DAILY – 07/30/2014 – Where the Devil Hides release date, UTD Ratings, Locations and more.

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Finally some news on The Devil’s Hand. Well, we know it as The Devil’s Rapture and also as Where the Devil Hides. The Wilmywood shot flick which came here in 2012 will not see a theatrical release, how ever it will be on a small screen near you. Expect to see this horror flick on VOD, EST, DVD and other TV platforms on October 10th. The movie stars Rufus Sewell, Alycia Debnam Carey, Adelaide Kane, Leah Pipes, Thomas McDonell and “Dexter” fav Jennifer Carpenter.

The flick is about something evil that runs amuck in the small village of New Bethlehem where six girls who were born on the same day by six different mothers begin to mysteriously disappear on the eve of their 18th birthday. Is it a serial killer, one of the village elders or a horrific prophecy come true?

SH_NHHSSleepy Hollow is shooting over at National Linen as well as around the 6th St. Bridge and the soundstages.

Secrets & Lies is headed to Southport today

The Longest Ride is still in Jacksonville shooting their bull riding scenes

RATINGS: Monday night’s episode did not do much for the ratings for Under the Dome.  They matched last week’s series low 1.5 adults 18-49 rating with 6.6 M viewers.

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Looking for some food fame? Chevalo & Monique Wilsondebriano, owners of Charleston Gourmet Burger Company  who famously battled it out on national television on THE FOOD NETWORK’s “FOOD COURT WARS” will be conducting a “Road Show” sampling of their Gourmet Burger products at Costco here is Wilmywood this Thursday through Sunday from opening to close.   WATCH FIRST WEEK TODAY SHOW CLIP

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WWAY has a great story which never comes to light to the public, but thankfully reporter Sara Hopkins revealed that this year alone over $40,000 has been donated to our schools compliments of the NC film industry just in the last few months.  Please leave a comment on WWAY’s  story.   READ STORY NOW

Meanwhile, Tillis and Berger decided it was a great idea to put the grant program in place.  It was hard bill to swallow with just $20 million in the fund as discussed earlier in the short session.  But now they have slashed it in half to a mere $10 million.  $10 million?  Well, it’s not over yet.  The House and the Senate still have to vote on it.  Let me repeat: IT IS NOT OVER YET! There is a call to action for this morning if you did not contact them yesterday!  READ DETAILS NOW

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That just about does it for me; I will have more Wilmywood updates for you tomorrow morning (unless something breaks) and every weekday morning we do “What’s Up in Wilmywood” at 7:30am & 8:30am LIVE on Sunny 104.5.  And on Thursdays during Cape Fear CW‘s Primetime News at 10!  Got Scoop?  Email me: sheila_brothers@yahoo.com.  Or message me on Wilmywood’s FB  or on Twitter You can also just post your comments below!  Until then, that’s a wrap!!

CALL TO ACTION – FILM INCENTIVES: It’s not over yet.

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Over the weekend, Tillis and Berger decided it was a great idea to put the grant program in place.  It was hard bill to swallow with just $20 million in the fund as discussed earlier in the short session.  But now they have slashed it in half to a mere $10 million.  $10 million?   It is beyond an insult.

Although, the two top leaders say that the $21.3 billion budget deal is complete except for some proofreading, it has NOT yet been signed into law.  The House and the Senate still have to vote on it.  Most of the media have failed to say that part.  Let me repeat: IT IS NOT OVER YET!

There is STILL a chance they could still extend the film incentives.  And we need your help to get that message across.  We need polite and calm voices to call.  Don’t give them the opportunity to call us a “crazy, angry mob from the film industry!”

UPDATE 07/30/2014 9:45am: HB 1224 will now go to the floor of the House and then on to a Conference Committee – So, we need to POLITELY keep the pressure on!

We need your help telling them this:

  • “HB 1224 is an incentives bill.  Include a one year extension of the current film incentives in that bill and include a study of your own on how film impacts the state.  
  • The most recent STATE report regarding NC Film which included $268M that was spent here in NC in 2014.
  • The $10M grant program WILL NOT work and will push away our current shows as well as new productions to other states.  
  • We hope that you do the right thing.”   

PLEASE CALL OR EMAIL NOW!

Speaker Thom Tillis
PHONE: 919-733-3451
EMAIL: Thom.Tillis@ncleg.net
TWITTER: @ThomTillis

Sen. Phil Berger (President Pro Tempore)
PHONE: 919-733-5708
EMAIL: Phil.Berger@ncleg.net

FYI: Let’s take a look at what some recent productions spent and what they got back in 2013 and see just how many film crews we can sustain with a $10M grant in place.

Revolution   Spent: $57.1M Credit: $14.3M
East Bound & Down Spent: 20.8M Credit: $5.2M
Under the Dome Spent: 33.4M Credit: $8.3M
Banshee Spent: 67.4M Credit: $16.8M
Tammy Spent: 14.5M Credit: $3.6M

Yes, don’t forget, this is not a Wilmington issue, it is a STATE issue.  We have so many productions across our state right now.
All will be affected.

And finally your musical motivation for the day:

 

THE WILMYWOOD DAILY – 07/29/2014 Secrets & Lies, Sleepy Hollow, Yellow Footprints, and more.

Happy Tuesday Loves!  Let’s kick things off with where the heck everyone is today!

SLEEPY HOLLOW LOCATION: The Graystone Inn,  S 3rd St, Wilmington, NC - again the red really makes Bob's spots "POP"

Nicholas Sparks’ The Longest Ride is currently in Jacksonville as they are shooting their bull riding scenes.  They will be there the remainder of the week, then they head to Winston-Salem.

Sleepy Hollow is shooting at New Hanover High School as well as the 6th St. bridge, the easement under the 6th St. bridge, and the Independent Ice Company warehouse.  Expect some fun prop gun BANG!s around that area today.

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Secrets & Lies shoots downtown this afternoon and into the evening at City Club as well as the Graystone Inn. (Bob’s been feeling left out lately, so here he is (above)at the Graystone from this past winter)

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Solomon Harvey

Last night it was Wilmywood against Wilmywood as American Ninja Warrior had Wilmington resident Solomon Harvey competing  and Wilmington shot Under the Dome episode 5 (Reconciliation) aired.  Tough decision on what to watch.  ANW has beat UTD twice in the ratings this season.  We will see later today who was the winner in the ratings battle. Solomon finished 4th and he’s headed to the finals in Las Vegas which will air August 11th on NBC.  Congrats Solomon!

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FILM INCENTIVES:  Is no news good news?  Not much to report. They have two options right now.  The grant program or an extension of our current incentives.  I am still praying for that Hail Mary pass which will depend on which strategy they choose.  They are all thinking about the upcoming elections, so I am remaining positive that our film incentives will survive.  The NCGA will be discussing HB 1224 tomorrow (which includes the new incentives that they call the job catalyst fund).  Perhaps while no decision has been made we can remind folks about just how much money is being brought into the state via film this year: NC FILM – MID-YEAR ESTIMATES FOR 2014: $268 MILLION IN SPENDING, 19,000 JOB OPPORTUNITIES .

YellowDoor The feature film Yellow Footprints is plugging along.  They have officially open up offices yesterday and will be scouting locations this week. Writers are also heading into heading into town.  If you haven’t sent in your crew resumes yet, please do so at crew@snakebite.com.  The UPM has not been named yet, but will be announced within the next couple of weeks. Production begins in September.

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ICYMI:  The supernatural thriller, The Disappointments Room, is now accepting crew resumes. Send your resumes to drprodoffice@gmail.com with your position in the subject line.  Production is slated to begin in late August, but could be pushed into September.  This project will shoot in Greensboro and the surrounding areas.  NC LOCAL HIRES ONLY!  Per the production company, they are looking for ALL crew.  They have also expressed an immediate need for P.A. resumes.

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That just about does it for me; I will have more Wilmywood updates for you tomorrow morning (unless something breaks) and every weekday morning we do “What’s Up in Wilmywood” at 7:30am & 8:30am LIVE on Sunny 104.5.  And on Thursdays during Cape Fear CW‘s Primetime News at 10!  Got Scoop?  Email me: sheila_brothers@yahoo.com.  Or message me on Wilmywood’s FB  or on Twitter You can also just post your comments below!  Until then, that’s a wrap!!

GREENSBORO, NC – Crew call for Kate Beckinsale feature film

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Crew Call:  The supernatural thriller, The Disappointments Room, is now accepting crew resumes. Send your resumes to drprodoffice@gmail.com with your position in the subject line.  Production is slated to begin in late August, but could be pushed into September.  This project will shoot in Greensboro and the surrounding areas.  NC LOCAL HIRES ONLY!

Per the production company, they are looking for ALL crew.  They have also expressed an immediate need for P.A. resumes.  

The Disappointments Room is about a mother who moves her family out to the country.  The poor mother’s sanity begins slipping as she learns about the house’s bloody past and is afflicted by visions of a dead girl. The flick stars the gorgeous Kate Beckinsale.  More details to come.

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THE DISAPPOINTMENTS ROOM (Relativity Media)
STATUS: Pre-production
LOCATION: Greensboro, NC
WRITER: Wentworth Miller
DIRECTOR: D.J. Caruso
LP: Patrick Peach, Tony Grazia
CAST: Kate Beckinsale
CREW RESUMES TO: drprodoffice@gmail.com

“A supernatural thriller in which a mother moves her family out to the country, but the poor mother’s sanity begins slipping as she learns about the house’s bloody past and is afflicted by visions of a dead girl.”