Even though his very own Secretary of Commerce Sharon Decker says that the JDIG program will run out of money by October unless the General Assembly acts, the Governor put the nail in the coffin today announcing he would NOT call the General Assembly back into a special session.
He is choosing fracking over film, he is choosing potential jobs over those that already exist.
So, you officially know what that means. The film incentives will not exist come January 1, 2015. As you know we already lost Banshee. We will not see the return of Sleepy Hollow, we will not see ABC’s Secrets & Lies go to Charlotte for a second season. We have lost two indie projects that were projected to come to Wilmington at the beginning of 2015. We have lost a network television series and a mini-series, one to to Charleston, SC and one to New Orleans, LA. We have also been passed over for 9 other productions because of the uncertainty. And unless Under the Dome is getting some “special” deal with the grant program, they will likely head to Charleston, SC or somewhere else.
Gov McCrory is touting about jobs, yet he is clearly just fine and dandy with losing 4200 in the film industry and he is clearly okay with the affects it will have on approximately 25,000 people across the state who are supplemented by it in some way.
The House was ready to be called back, however the Senate is another story. And a majority of them MUST go! The General Elections are November 4th, and we must all get EVERYONE to the polls! We might have lost this battle, but just like Sleepy Hollow has proclaimed, “war is coming,” and we will not lose it!
Please view the complete list of all the members of the House and the Senate. You will see statewide, who is for and who is against the current film incentives. We need to make sure the General Assembly FEELS the affects of the film industry, ESPECIALLY at the polls!