Raleigh, N.C.- North Carolina Commerce Secretary John E. Skvarla, III and the Economic Development Partnership of N.C. announced three productions will receive funds from the newly established North Carolina Film and Entertainment Grant.
The three productions altogether are expected to have direct in-state spending of about $61 million across North Carolina this year with the grant program. Remember, just 6 months into 2014, the North Carolina Film Office reported an estimated $268 million in direct in-state spending when we had our previous 25% film incentives.
According to the NCFO, the film and entertainment grant recipients include:
Under The Dome (Season 3) shooting again in Wilmington. The television series uses the cities of Burgaw, Southport and Wilmington to create its fictitious town of Chester’s Mill. The eligible grant amount is $5 million.
An Untitled Lionsgate Television Project will also receive funding and is expected to shoot in Western North Carolina. The eligible grant amount is $4 million. (I believe this is Dirty Dancing, but don’t quote me on it)
Late in the Season is a story of a 31-year old Seattle stockbroker with a mysterious past who walks on to a small North Carolina college basketball team and inspires his struggling teammates’ lives with hope as they reach for a championship. The production will use the picturesque Davidson campus as its main location and will base in the greater Charlotte area. The eligible grant amount is $1 million.
In 2014, they boasted about nearly 19,000 job opportunities for North Carolinians. No mention yet how many job opportunities they are as of 2015.
During the past six years, productions have had a direct in-state spend of more than $1.3 billion.