Dear Sleepy Hollow Crew,
For months, I knew this day would come. The day we would say goodbye to a television show that employed hundreds of Wilmington, NC residents. Put money in the pockets of so many small businesses and brought so many fans of the show to this great city of ours. I’ve met many and took them around the town where they spent so many of their dollars here. I am sure many of you remember me sneaking them by and introducing them to you.
I tried my best, but even my best wasn’t good enough last year to educate the narrow minds of the North Carolina House and the Senate. My words fell on deaf ears. Some said we don’t need the incentives to keep the productions coming. Some said, it’s just not worth it, it costs the state. I urge them to ask the small businesses across the state how they are doing today. Ask them a week or two from now. A month from now.
They should ask you what your plans are. I’ve already said goodbye to so many of your peers and I know you have too. I’ve seen the moving trucks pulling out of their driveways, For Sale signs go up on their front lawns. I’ve seen families split apart, leaving for South Carolina, Pennsylvania, Louisiana and Georgia leaving their spouses and children behind to find work. Now, I am afraid it will be happening to you too. Some of you will stick around, but we will be saying good-bye to many of you.
Living in their own bubble, the NCGA doesn’t see this nor do they wish to. They only see and hear what they want. There is of course a few exceptions of course. Hamilton, Davis, Iller, Lee, and a few others, but there are not enough who wish to open their eyes to see what is unfolding before them.
I am grateful to Bill Vassar and the Cooneys along with a few other key people for saving Under the Dome. If you had any idea what they had to do to keep our CBS show here, it would blow your mind. I am sure though many of you know.
It is all out of our hands at this point. All we have is hope. Hope that our legislators who do truly believe in our film industry will really shake thing up in the Long Session in such away that it wakes up those who are clueless in the General Assembly.
Even though my heart is ridiculously heavy right now, I am holding on to that hope more than ever because you beautiful crew members are such a huge part of what made this state shine so bright. Your talent, your creativity, your teamwork and your undying energy has put this state on the map. You gave us incredible bragging rights, and you know how much I just LOVE to brag about you! Our small town charm, beautiful beaches and mountains were spread across the big and small screens because of your reputation of excellence. But we all know this is a business. And businesses will go where they get the most bang for their buck. And of course the slap in the face they call a $10 million grant just won’t cut it. The lights are now dim, but I don’t believe we will go into darkness. I have to believe that.
I love you Sleepy Hollow crew. You are truly one of the best teams in the world. Your synergy is impeccable and your love and passion for your job is undeniable. Wherever you go, I hope you know I am always thinking of you and already look forward to seeing you on a Wilmington set again soon.
All the love in the world from your biggest fan,